Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail

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Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boonsboro, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options 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

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

2 days ago

Note to everyone - the only parking lot in the area is closed for the week.

5 days ago

Beautiful walk with spectacular views at the Annapolis Rocks overview!!

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail. Stairs will make you winded but plenty of time between the hard parts to catch your breath.
Perfectly rated a "moderate" hike. Gets pretty busy on weekends, Friday morning wasn't busy but Saturday and Sunday were crowded! Dog friendly (on a leash of course) and everyone we came across was very friendly and kind. Go a little further down from Annapolis Rock to the little creek if you have a pup - great place to cool off and get a drink. I was proposed to at the top of Annapolis Rock :)

Watch for copperheads! Lots of them hiding out in the rocks.

19 days ago

Wide, well groomed trails. Lots of shade. The view is beautiful!

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25 days ago

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28 days ago

You spend a bit of time alongside I-70 and can hear it in the distance for some chunks. This negative is far outweighed by the hike itself and especially by the spectacular ending.

If you like primitive camping, there are primitive sites, a couple latrines, and a great spring to draw water from.

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike. 2 miles up hill, turnaround, then 2 miles downhill. Great overlook. Little spring off to the side of the overlook. 3-4 hours. Moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, clean trail. Went on Sunday (8/19/18) and the caretaker had taken away five copperheads from the rocks. If you have a snake phobia, may not be the place for you.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice, well-maintained wooded trail with lots of ferns and some scenic overlooks. It got a bit congested, but it was a nice local day hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. First mile is straight up- but doable! The hike is 5.1 this includes the walk to the parking lot. Wear good shoes and the “caretaker” left a note to “look out for snakes”. (Sunday Aug 6) They too are happy to have the sun-shining. I am very happy not to have seen any.

hiking
1 month ago

I LOVED this trail! Not sure why this says 5.1 miles...it is only 4.4, unless I missed something? It was just the right amount of hard and easy for a short day hike. Pretty much the whole first mile is uphill. Not terribly steep but not easy! Then it flattens out and is a nice walk to the rocks. The trail is so wide which is nice because it's heavily trafficked on a weekend!

After almost 2 weeks of rain the trail was pretty muddy. For the most part you are able to walk around it or rock-hop but there were a few times I was in my groove and just sunk down in the mud. But like I said...two weeks of rain!! So who cares about a little mud! I can't imagine the mud will clear up quickly since people are already back on the trail after so much rain, so just be prepared. The rocks were beautiful and there are several spots you can walk around to for a view. Just be careful obviously.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was definitely challenging at the start, which I love. It levels off a little more than halfway to the top. Nice out and back trail, not too long if you’re kind of in a rush like we were, but you get a good workout in right away. Fun trail, and the view at the top is so worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

After a climb, you skirt along the top of the mountain. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Yet another wonderful trail. I've been here twice now - once in winter and once in summer. I will definitely be going back in the fall. Awesome views!

1 month ago

A great trail that's not too steep, and wide. Pup had a blast. Heavy foot traffic. No creeks for cool down, bring lots of water for your pup.

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes for a in and out, it is not hard, and the view is nice. Bring a lunch, and enjoy it on the rocks. Talk to the camp host, and just enjoy it.

hiking
2 months ago

Fairly easy hike. There is a section early on that most of the elevation gain occurs, but it is easy elevation. The view is amazing! Will definitely do this again.

hiking
2 months ago

My 1 year old Chocolate Labrador and I tested out this trail for the first time (mid July); the weather was perfect, the trail itself was an easy climb, and the view from Annapolis Rock was lovely. This trail was just enough exercise to tire a pup out by its end.

P.S. I was pleased to find a dog-drinking station at the rest area. We did bring our own water just in case. :)

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for relaxing hike! More on the moderate to easy side. 2.5 miles up and 2.5 miles back totally at 5 miles. The hike starts on a freeway which seems funny but after about 5 minutes you’re in nature’s quiet! We got lucky and got the trail mostly to ourselves! A beautiful summit with rewarding views. Definitely suggest!

hiking
2 months ago

Our family loves this trail. We take our five kids ages 15 down to 1 year and they do pretty good. Well maintained trail with lots of shade. The view from Annapolis Rocks is worth the trek. There’s an outhouse near the Rocks, fyi.

2 months ago

We completed both the Washington Monument and Annapolis Rock trails. The total distance was 11 miles. The trail was a bit wet from heavy rains the day before. Bugs were a bit heavy also, but the views were awesome. Love this hike. That's the second time we have completed the Annapolis Rock portion and the first time to the monument. Both were worth the climb.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Most difficult the first two miles of the trail, but once you get through that hike it’s quite flat and a nice nature walk. Both Annapolis Rocks and Black Rock had great views!

hiking
3 months ago

As a lot of others have mentioned, the trail starts near a major highway which is loud and not that pretty but the rest of the trail is greats and the view at the rocks is pretty nice, too.

hiking
3 months ago

Well marked trails , lots of shade trees awesome views!

hiking
3 months ago

This was my first hike and it made me want more. A nice view from the top of Annapolis Rock. I arrived just in time for sunset but it was unfortunately too cloudy that day. Will definitely hike this again to try to catch it another time. Nearby campgrounds, privies and spring.

3 months ago

Breathtaking beautiful !!!

3 months ago

Great hike! Amazing view. Very easy to follow with the wide paths.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail. Plenty of parking weekdays. They pay off is decent. Good way to kill a morning.

hiking
4 months ago

Short little hike with a decent view of Hagerstown from the rocks. Beginning of the trail is pretty ugly and parallels a freeway, and you don't escape the road noise until you're at least a mile in. Not a lot of incline and it's pretty brief so don't expect a workout.

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