Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 309 reviews
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Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boonsboro, Maryland that features a waterfall 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
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
5 hours ago

hiking
8 hours ago

Rocks And Great View. Continue on to Black Rock.

hiking
23 hours ago

hiking
4 days 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
7 days 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.

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

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

backpacking
13 days 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
14 days ago

Beautiful hike and view.

15 days ago

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

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

The trail was nice. The first 30 mins after the overpass on 70 is the most challenging piece and your blood will be pumping. The views are excellent for Annapolis Rock. My negative was more than half of fellow dog handlers didn't have their dogs leashes attached. It caused my cattle dog to become uneasy when large unleashed dogs approached his personal space. He's a rescue who is skittish only when strange dogs are in his personal bubble trying to sniff various areas. That negatively impacted the fun. The trail was hopping for it was a gorgeous day after several rainy weeks. Follow the rules, leash and hold on to the leash on your dogs. If you don't like holding a leash then purchase and use a fanny pack that has a hook for the leash for hands free handling.

Watch out for snakes. It's their home, not ours.

Such a beautiful trail and scenic view! Plan to take a good bit of water. Moderate skill needed.

17 days ago

17 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Worth the trip even on a drizzly, slightly foggy day. You'll definitely get your cardio hiking on this trail!

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago