Appalachian Trail: Pen Mar to Old Forge

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Appalachian Trail: Pen Mar to Old Forge is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Highfield-Cascade, Maryland that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,703 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

running

forest

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Reasonable grades. Some rocky sections where you need to pay attention to the footing. Old Forge Park is a nice place for a picnic and has a an all-year spigot for water refills.

Pen Mar Park to Old Route 16 and back. Some inclines throughout. Rocky here and there but bo scrambling. Nice to come back to music in the park after the hike.

backpacking
8 months ago

Decided to do an overnight on this trail. Got a totally idyllic camping spot between two streams. I would certainly describe this trail as strenuous, if only for the footwork involved. Very rocky, and my poor dog was limping on our way back. We somehow lost the trail on the way back, so keep the blazes in sight, especially on your long descent into the Pen Mar area. The forest setting was nice, but there wasn’t a lot of scenery variation, which made the hike feel longer than it was. A few road crossings, so the middle of the hike is spoiled by traffic noise. But all in all enjoyable. Shockingly, didn’t find a single tick and came home with only one mosquito bite.

hiking
11 months ago

Decent hike with variety of rocks and streams to keep it interesting. Did not expect the nice lookout at Pen Mar Park. Would definitely suggest the short drive down to High Rock if parked in that area.

hiking
Sat Aug 18 2018

Got lost, and didn’t make it to the rock. Very rocky with tough stepping.

hiking
Thu May 29 2014

Did this one sobo with scouts. Pretty steep switchbacks as we got closer to PenMar. Working bathrooms were very welcome at trail's end. GREAT view from park and very near mid-way point of Appalachian Trail.

backpacking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

recorded Recording - Sep 29, 1:47 PM

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backpacking
11 months ago

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