Appalachian Trail: Pen Mar Park to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

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Pen Mar Park

Appalachian Trail: Pen Mar Park to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park is a 54.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Highfield-Cascade, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length54.4 miElevation gain8,592 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingDog friendlyForestRiverRockyCity walkHistoric site
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Zachary Fenhaus
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great trail, little rocky at times but foot campsites along the way.

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Keith Sines
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Joseph Ray
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Chuck Nordhoff
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Hiking

Isn't the length of this point-to-point hike more like 40 miles than 54 listed here? see: https://DNR.Maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/at.aspx For those with stamina and tough feet, it's doable in a day -- just ask my daughter!

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D F
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D F
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Jason McDonald
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HikingGreat!

Walked this with my father back in September. We did it over 4 days stopping at every overlook, spring and camping 3 nights at the various sites along the way.

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D F
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Joe Matys
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Dave Smith
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HikingGreat!

Great 3 day trip. It’s 41 miles from the PA line to Harpers Ferry. We did 14-17-10 mile days on the trail. A lot of rocks so be prepared for them. They’re not moving! First night we stayed at Pogo Camp. Great having a spring nearby to replenish our water supply. 2 hard climbs on the first section (day 1) and 1 on day 2 to Lambs Knoll. Booked a site at Maple Tree Camp (which I recommend ) for our second night. It’s just down the road from Gathland. We had a nice fire both nights to warm our tired bones from the miles. Last day was pretty easy following the ridge to Weverton Cliffs then running along the C and O Canal Tow Path. Nice weather made quite the difference too. The only crowded sections were closer to the overlooks and monuments. Take a 3 day weekend and do it. It’ll be worth it!

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Denny Newborn
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HikingGreat!

I loved it but not many backpacking trips to compare it to. It is much harder than many people tell you. Lots of rocks and elevation. I did in 4 days and 3 nights and felt like I completed the whole AT. many do it faster but I still averaged over 10+ miles with backpack. some springs were dry. need trail running shoes or hiking boots. too many rocks for tennis shoes.

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Chad Eastman
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Casey Campbell
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David Straile
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Dry spring sucks

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Chad Kauffman
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BackpackingGreat!

Did this hike over 3 days and two nights. About 17 hours of hiking time overall. You can make good time due to the relatively easy terrain. There are many points of interest along the way. Some of the water locations were dry, despite the recent rains, but there were still ample opportunities to refill. Parking in Harpers Ferry can be difficult, so get there early if you plan to shuttle to the north end. Overall a beautiful section and highly enjoyable.

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Nathan Traxler
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HikingGreat!Rocky
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Ellie Lipsit
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Mike Goulding
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Awsome first backpack trip through Maryland started on Friday at 6 and ended at 6 in harpers ferry on Sunday! 20 hours of hiking complete

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Joseph Clusta
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John Bonanno
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Went for my first real backpacking trip, was a good challenge

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Tj Cannon
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Super rocky , not much to see , trails suck

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Richard D.
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HikingRockyScramble

Nice trail with some good changes in elevation and scrambles over rocky areas. Wear good shoes - pretty rocky. We had a nice 7 mile out and back to the lookout called High Rock. Beautiful view - wish there were fewer car-arriving sightseers and graffiti. Still, back on the trail, those annoyances quickly subsided.

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Michael Kuchinsky
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My favorite part of the AT. Trail is well maintained and the shelters are always in good condition

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Austin Steelman
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Quite the day hike. Views and climbing are concentrated in the first 10 miles.

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Jim Didyoung
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First 10 miles rather rocky, then much more manageable after that. Trail well marked for the most part. Travers 2 state parks with bathrooms and water. View from the Weaverton Cliffs is awesome.

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Travis Burch
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Completed this trail as a part of the Terapin Trail club for the 4 state challenge. We started at Key's Gap in VA and hiked to Pen Mar for a total of ~45 miles in 18 hours. The portion near Pen Mar at High Rock is very rocky and there are lots of scrambles where the trail is not very clearly marked, though if patient most blazes are within sight of the previous blaze. Apart from a smattering of boulder fields near northern Maryland, the rest of the trail is well marked and pretty easy going. Had lots of fun doing this challenge, ended up with some very battered feet and sore legs but it was well worth it.

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