Appalachian Trail: Weverton Heights to Ed Garvey Shelter

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South Mountain State Park

Appalachian Trail: Weverton Heights to Ed Garvey Shelter is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Knoxville, Maryland that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,243 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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It was a humid day yo go out hiking after 3 1/2 months of quarantine. But, it was still nice regardless. Bugs were out full force so bug spray is your best friend. The view of Weaverton Cliffs was gorgeous.

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rocky
6 days ago

This trail was ok. The cliffs are the gem but aside from that there isn’t much to look at. Heavily wooded trail with lots of rocks.

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rocky
27 days ago

The walk was ok but nothing special. So many people though, impossible to do any social distancing!

Rocky muddy trail. Not very many views. Great dog trail.

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rocky
2 months ago

I love the climb up to Weverton. The view is fantastic and it's a fun little rocky switchback trail... but I don't think I would do the rest of this trail again. It is incredibly rocky, even after the initial climb, and you aren't rewarded with any additional views. It was a nice enough place to spend the day, but the best part is the at the beginning.

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Great hike! Very muddy, but that is to be expected with all the rain lately.

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

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5 months ago

After a moderate climb up Weverton Cliffs, this was a very easy hike. The trail was well marked, nicely maintained, and wide enough for two, shoulder to shoulder for most of it. Dog friendly, and popular. There were a couple of nice overlooks.

Hiked to the Cliffs and 2 more miles out and back toward Ed Garvey Shelter.

Left the parking lot at 5.40 and make it up in 30ish minutes, with more than enough time to settle and watch the sunrise.

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muddy
Sat May 18 2019

cliff was ok, but trail was pretty muddy and destination point was not very exciting.

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rocky
Sat May 18 2019

Beautiful this time of year. Recommend sunscreen if you're pale (me). Look up in the trees that look like Swiss cheese- pileated woodpeckers are everywhere.

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rocky
Sat Apr 20 2019

Muddy along top half. Great view from the rocks. Did not think of sunscreen, leaves we're still small enough, ended up with a nasty burn.

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rocky
Sun Apr 14 2019

the middle part of this trail was muddy but had a great hike. The clouds cleared for the return trip and the view opened up at Weverton Cliffs.

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Sun Mar 31 2019

Took 2 hrs 45 mins. Very flooded trails 3-24. Pretty but crowded overlook. Great workout

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blowdown
Wed Feb 27 2019

Beautiful day for a hike so I picked a section on the AT that I haven’t done before. So great!! It’s a good climb up to the Weverton Cliffs; stopped for a while because it was absolutely beautiful! Then I continued on to the Edward Garvey Shelter. It’s a leisurely walk from the cliffs onward to the shelter. Lots of downed trees from the crazy wind we had a few days ago, I assume, but it wasn’t anything unmanageable. Edward Garvey Shelter was great! Very clean and well taken care of. Met a very nice day hiker, Patrick, and who ended up coming from the stream...Ed Garvey’s daughter and the man who designed the shelter! What a treat it was to shake her and we all had a wonderful conversation and got a photo in front of the shelter. Fantastic memory for me- now I’m going to read Garvey’s book!

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