Appalachian Trail: Dahlgren Camp to Bear Spring Cabin

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Appalachian Trail: Dahlgren Camp to Bear Spring Cabin is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Middletown, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2076 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Parking at the Old South Mountain Inn that has been in use for over 200 years and Presidents have visited, this inn is one of the oldest public houses along the AT. Following the white marked trail south, within a mile you will reach Dahlgren Backpacker's Campground. Water and restrooms are available here. Continuing south, you will begin to ascend towards White Rocks Overlook. The trail will cross Reno Monument Road / Lambs Knoll Road and continue on the white marked trail towards the right. Continue to ascend for nearly a total of four miles before reaching White Rocks Overlook. At this point, you can chose to lunch here and return by the same way you came to the parking lot. Optional loop to Bear Spring Cabin: This blue blazed trail descends into a small valley and ends at Bear Spring Cabin. With a fresh water spring supply close by, this remote and rustic cabin is available to rent through PATC. The return is a long descent with a short 2/10 of a mile steep and roughly graded trail to return to the White Rocks Overlook.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike and view. Early morning nice and quiet but traffic picked up by 10. There’s quite a bit of climb and rocks. Great workout.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike wasn’t really that hard. The most challenging part is the option climb down and back up from the springs.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike with a decent elevation gain. Parking at Old South Mountain Inn is free as long as you park in the designated area. There's also a small parking lot at the trail's intersection with Reno Monument Rd if you want to make the hike a little shorter or avoid the campground.

hiking
8 months ago

Hard for the average joe! Which we are ! We kept going past the white rock over look . Did 8.3 miles

camping
9 months ago

stayed at rocky run shelter area at ridge campsites,little over 2miles from trailhead.

hiking
9 months ago

Good trail; would go again. Enjoyed view at White Rocks overlook. Most of the hike at a moderate level except for the hike out from the cabin and the short 2/10 mile section mentioned in the description.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015