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

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Appalachian Trail: Pen Mar Park to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park is a 39.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Highfield-Cascade, Maryland that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
39.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6824 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

rocky

city walk

historic site

backpacking
16 days ago

took the challenge with a friend two days ago. we never rested before hand so technically we were awake about 40 hours around time of completion. we got dropped off on a random road near pen mar park ,mason/dixon line around 2:30 am. had a very slow start as it was rocky and somewhat difficult to trek at a good pace even with headlamps. this took us (in my opinion) a sluggish 21 hours to finish mainly due to sleep depravity (16 hours moving time, 5hours downtime). i tried to pack about 11,500 calories for the hike. cant say i loved doing this, was more so for the challenge aspect, after a while my body felt as if it were on auto pilot. i highly recommend using a shoe/boot with a rock plate. also would have rather slept that evening and started fresh at 5am. dont recommend trying to drive afterwards either

hiking
2 months ago

This is an unofficial/official challenge for AT thru-hikers - to complete the entire length of the AT from the VA/WV border to the MD/PA border (~42 miles, depending on map) in 24 hours.

Due to the well-maintained and clearly marked trails, along with the fair amount of ridge walking, this challenge is tough but fair. The scree and rock gardens are the primary obstacles here, as well as a couple of wicked descents that can be tough on knees and ankles.

This part of the trail is awesome for history as well, passing through several historic landmarks and battle sites, as well as several monuments that are almost literally on trail.

Going north to south, Harper's Ferry is a great ending location, with easy walking along the Potomac on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath.

We left at 5 am and got to the VA border at 10:15 pm on the money. Tough but so fun!!