Cramtons Gap to Harpers Ferry on the Applachian Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Cramtons Gap to Harpers Ferry on the Applachian Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Middletown, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.4 miles
734 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly





nature trips

rock climbing


trail running




wild flowers


This stretch of Appalachian Trail leading from Cramptons Gap to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is one of the most popular and rewarding AT day hikes in this region, with good reason. It features a secluded forest ridgetop, an exhilarating vista pitching straight down into the Potomac River, and the historic Chesapeake and Ohio (C and O) Canal Towpath. Crossing the Potomac from Maryland into West Virginia, the hiker passes from the Northern states into the Southern, from the Union into the Confederacy, from one culture and climate into another. This guide takes you along the Appalachain Trail from north to south so the hiking is fairly easy with minimal climbing. This is a point to point hike. Natural History Features: South Mountain; Weverton Cliffs; Potomac River. Social History Features: George Alfred Townsend's Gathland Estate; Crampton Gap Civil War Fattlefield; Glenn R. Caveney plaque; C and O Canal; Goodloe Byron plaque and footbridge; and of course, Harpers Ferry. Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. A large, stone monument dedicated to war correspondents is an outstanding attraction at this park is where you park to begin this fantastic hike. The Appalachian Trail section you will be hiking on this trip traverses the park and passes the monument base. Maryland has 37.5 miles of the AT hiking trail. The park includes all of Crampton's, Crampton's Gap, which was the southern most gap fought over during the battle of South Mountain. Fought September 14,1862, it was the first major battle of the Civil War fought in Maryland.

4 months ago

So far one of my favorite hikes! The hike starts in the park with a gradual ascent onto the ridge of the mountain. After hiking in a few miles you will see one of the AT trail shelters, there is a spring about 3/4 of a mile down a steep descent to its location from the shelter if you need water. Continuing on the main trail you will eventually descend down some steep switchbacks that eventually hit the easy stride of the C&O canal towpath right into the historic town of Harpers Ferry. A great way to spend most of your afternoon on the legendary AT.

7 months ago

This trip was part driving and hiking 3 different areas in one day. Washington Monument State Park, Gapland State Park and Weverton Cliffs near Harpers Ferry. If you drive along Rt. 67 (Rohrersville Rd.) it basically runs parallels to the Appalachian Trail. You can follow this route from Harper's Ferry to Boonsboro. You need to Zoom in on the map to see the Hikes. I did this trip with the family primarily for information on parking for my next Overnight Adventure. Zoom up to see the name of the Roads too.

10 months ago

Best hikes on a weekday!!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Started this hike in Harpers Ferry, parked one car at a church parking lot near the ATC building, the other at Gathland State Park. It took us 4 hrs to complete this one-way 10-mile hike. The highlight of this hike was definitely Weverton Cliff. The 5.5-mile trail beyond Weverton Cliff was mostly flat along the ridge line. Highly recommended.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Crowded but still a great hike

4 months ago

4 months ago