Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 370 reviews
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Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 5.2 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
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
790 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

1 month ago

Nice hike to a gorgeous view.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

One mile further north after Annapolis Rock on Appalachian Trail is Black Rock Overlook. I think the view at Black Rock is just as good if not better, and definitely less crowded on the weekends.

2 months ago

The hike is fairly easy and faster than we thought, reached the rock in just an hour. The views were amazing especially during fall

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful in the fall and the overlook is breathtaking.

2 months ago

Was very foggy on Sunday, could not see the views from Annapolis rock. But still a nice hike

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike! The outhouse just before the overlook was key :). It can be strenuous at the beginning as it is quite rocky and almost all uphill. I arrived at about 1:00 on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon and there was ample parking. Can't wait to go back when the leaves are more colorful.

2 months ago

great view!

2 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

nice wide trails for the dog or multiple hikers

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to find and ample parking. Used AT Trailhead & Parking to find in GPS. I'm a beginner. The beginning of the hike is mostly uphill and I'm not going to lie it was killer lol. But totally worth it and I just took it at my own pace as did everyone else :) At first you walk along a highway but it soon becomes peaceful wooded area. Very nice hike and beautiful, rewarding view at the end. I can imagine it gets crowded up there during weekend afternoons. Will be back to do the other end to the original Washington Monument! Looked like some great places to camp along the way, as well as a bathroom.

3 months ago

Excellent hike that'll get you moving with a rewarding view at the end.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a pretty great hike with a view that was definitely worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Rocks And Great View. Continue on to Black Rock.

hiking
3 months ago

Worth the view...on top of the rock you can see a lake off to the distance which is pretty serene. It is also pretty good views of other mountains. The angle where you are will depend on what you see. Glad however that you don't see much of thr surrounding towns/cities. The beginning of this hike is a little deceiving as you are on the side of the freeway, but give it like 5 min and you totally forget you just heard 18 wheelers fly by. Caution: Make sure on the last .28 miles you bare left (follow the blue strips) to exit the Appalachian trail. The sign is a little confusing.

hiking
3 months ago

NOTE - for directions using your car GPS, you will want to search for "AT Trailhead Parking at I-70, MD, 11196 Baltimore National Pike, Myersville, MD 21773". If that does not work, then search for "Grenbrier State Park, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713" and instead of turning into the park just keep driving for a few mins and you will run into the trailhead. Using the longitude and latitude coordinates for driving directions will take you on the highway and under the trail -- not to the parking lot.

Review: Excellent 2.5 miles in to the overlook and 2.5 miles back out. Trails clearly marked. Overlook was amazing. Beautiful sold outcropping. Not safe for young children -- the fall will be fatal -- so keep kids/pets on leashes.

3 months ago

Great hike. Some what challenging at times with the uphill climb but the view from Annapolis Rock was well worth it. Great work out.

backpacking
4 months ago

Super great trip for this old senior. Weather was fine overnight ( Sunday ). Climbed down Monday morning and the crowd was gone. The 5 tenths of a ROCKY mile heading up was pretty challenging for this handicap old timer but you simply need to take your time. When the trail leveled out it was a cake walk in the woods. I tented at the Pine Knob Shelter which wasn't my first time. The trail people always takes care of this area because of it being so popular. Heading back in the fall for the Leaves.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike and view.

4 months ago

Not too steep-- incline up front and then flat most of the way. Great view from the rocks.

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