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Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail

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South Mountain State Park

Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boonsboro, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 816 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The Annapolis Rock is a popular trail with amazing outlooks. You can see Greenbrier Lake and Black Rock Cliff. There is a campground with a caretaker that can provide information to hikers. The rock is also a popular spot for rock climbers. Be careful not to park in unofficial parking areas, police are known to leave tickets on hikers' cars.

Nice shade! Just one large elevation section, then it levels out. The view is amazing! Bring lunch to take a break and take in view.

hiking
1 day ago

Hiking AT trail nice in both directions. However, parking at trailhead is limited. Get here early. DO NOT park illegally or on shoulders of Route 40 or you will be ticketed, and possibly towed, by Maryland State Police and/or Maryland Natural Resources Police. There is a ton of available parking at Greenbrier State Park. Its entrance is off Route 40 about 300 yards west of the AT trailhead parking lot. If you park at Greenbrier State Park, there is a short trail that starts behind the Visitor's Center that will take you right up to the AT trail. It is called Bartmans Hill Trail. Worth the $10 Greenbrier State Park carload fee to park at the park versus a $60 illegal parking ticket and possible tow. That would ruin your day.

Come early! If you do, it’s a great hike and easy to find parking.

Great short hike! Moderate on the way in and easy on the way out.

Fun! Nice views and a fun challenge up hill in the beginning.

Beautiful views after a mildly difficult hike up man made steps. Do a Little Rock climbing at the top!

Love it! Went very early and avoided the crowds we saw when we were leaving.

hiking
6 days ago

just a bunch of steps at the start and then it is an easy trail. annapolis rock is the prettier view but BlackRock is worth going to as well.

hiking
6 days ago

5/19/20- Steep going for first mile but easy after. Noisy and crowded. I’m used to having the trails to myself. The view up top is nice but this is not one of my favorite trails. Parking lot was almost full. I got the last spot.

5/19/20-Steep for a mile then it’s fine. The entrance to the trail is noisy bec of traffic. Not my favorite trail, but the overlook is nice. Saw many young children on the way down. They were doing fine. Saw lots of May apples, a couple of lady’s slippers, and tons of Solomon’s seal .

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail – one of my favorites! This is an awesome hike To capture a beautiful sunset and tje view is amazing! The 1st mile is steep after that, pretty Moderat hiking. Do the extra mile up to Black Rock!

Great destination hike. Perfect for a picnic at Annapolis Rock. Beautiful view of the Cumberland Valley. My dog and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Few steep areas but generally a moderate trail.

hiking
11 days ago

This is a beautiful hike, very steep, but awesome reward.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail though moderately trafficked. Some stretches with no one and others felt crowded. Parts are flat and some are strenuous uphill but well maintained. Mostly wooded until Annapolis rock view. We arrived at 1115 on Sunday and no parking at trail off route 40. So we entered Greenbriar state park for a small fee and took the Bartman Hill trail from behind the visitors center. It added a total of almost 3 miles to our planned 5 miles (just under 8 round trip) but completed in total of 4 hours with kids ages 11-14. Annapolis Rocks is a beautiful view and perfect lunch stop at turn around.

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rocky
16 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. It’s not super scenic along the way, but the view at the top is well worth it. I arrived around 9:00 on a Saturday morning. When I arrived back at my car there were only a couple of parking spaces available. Get there early!

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muddy
16 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail! It was still open. We decided to leave early to beat the Saturday rush. We made it around 8:30am and were able to find a parking spot. Trail was was scenic and the view is fantastic! It was a little strenuous on the way up but definitely worth it. Our total route was about 5 miles. By the time we made it back to the car, the lot was full.

hiking
21 days ago

Loved it. Get there early. Parking is limited and State Police give tickets for those parking on the road. Think the house / apartment sells spots for $10. Beats a $50 parking ticket.

hiking
23 days ago

Get ready for a great leg workout! It’s nice once you get to the top of the mountain! Not too many things to see though.

hiking
23 days ago

Arrived there around 10AM on Sunday, the trail had a good mix of shade and sun, moderately trafficked and the landscape view at the end was very nice and had a bit of Spring color. On the way back ~1PM the parking lot was full and many were in line to get a parking spot.

hiking
rocky
23 days ago

very rocky. uphill most of the time up. alot of people. the view is great, though.

hiking
28 days ago

Awesome trail

hiking
29 days ago

Great Trail. Took a two hour drive to get here and it was well worth it. The view from the top is stunning. Just get here earlier because we got to the trail around 1-2 and it took us a long time to park because there were no spots and barely anyone was leaving at this time.

hiking
1 month ago

A few people were not respecting the 6 foot social distancing but overall most people were ok. Not as crowded as usual for a Saturday.

hiking
1 month ago

Ok hike, not great. On the day I went (think it was a Saturday) it was extremely crowded and many people made no effort to keep a safe plague distance. The trail starts out next to I-70 for a a little bit, which is not exactly relaxing or nice. BEWARE the parking — on the main road there are many WHITE lines that look like parallel parking spaces. Do not park here. Every one of us got a nice $50 ticket. Granted there are signs, but we goofed and didn’t notice them. If the road lines were yellow and looked less like parking spaces, we wouldn’t have parked there! The hike itself is fine, it’s got some interesting sections with steps and switchbacks, but the last half is a widely-cut walk through the woods. Nothing remarkable at all. The viewpoint, however, is very nice. Nice view of Hagerstown and valley below. Very pastoral. Do yourself a favor and leak in the woods (if you can hide) instead of using the outhouse near the viewpoint. The outhouse is so bad that a (human) manure smell wafts for several yards in each direction, including at the viewpoint.

Climbs were gradual. Trail quality was pretty high, consistent with other stretches of the AT. The view was really pretty. One of my favorite hikes in the area so far.

Come later in the p.m for parking and fewer crowds. Nice views from the summit.

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