Lamb's Knoll White Rocks Loop via Appalachian Trail

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Lamb's Knoll White Rocks Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boonsboro, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.2 miles
1,092 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





historic site

This is a moderate hike with wonderful visits to two cabins. The Bear Spring Cabin is managed by PATC which may be reserved through their website. The Crampton Gap Shelter is open to those hiking on the Appalachian Trail. The Gathland State Park is best known for The War Correspondents Memorial Arch that was built by American Civil War journalist George Alfred Townsend. Completed in 1896, this memorial is claimed to be the only one in the world to commemorate journalists who died in battle. The grounds of Garthland State Park was originally the estate of George Townsend and the park offers a museum, historic buildings, and a "Living History" weekend. Nearby Crampton Gap saw fighting during the South Mountain Battle, one of the first battles in the Maryland Campaign during the Civil War.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The low rating refers to the inept description by all trails, rather than the trail itself. it is a lovely trail with a challenging but rewarding uphill hike and a view that is hard to beat. The map from all trails on the other hand, is complete garbage in this case. For starters, this trail is not a loop. again, THIS IS NOT A LOOP. Going straight up a trail, going around a group of trees, and coming back on the exact route one which one came in, is not a loop. also, according to the map, the trail starts in the middle of a road. infact, at a 4 way intersection. I spent literally a half hour looking for the trailhead and realizing that this is not a stand-alone trail, but a section of the Appalachian Trail. On a normal day, this would not bother me, except that a point to point was not what I planned for. Furious with all trails. The trail itself was lovely.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Although I've never hiked this as a single 10 mile loop, this area is one of my favorite local places to hike. The climb up Lamb's Knoll is a good workout and most days you are rewarded with a nice view of the valley, the ridgeline, and hawks soaring on the thermals. A loop trail to a locked cabin provides a nice training hike if you're planning a trip on a more rugged section of the AT. Don't miss the Civil War exhibit across the road from the trailhead on Reno Monument Road, or the ruins at Gathland State Park if you use that trailhead.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Boring with 1 nice view. Essentially a walking trail and a few hills.

Not much to see except a tower and a small view from the side of the AT trail.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Decided to complete the section of the Appalachian Trail between Gathland State Park at Crampton Gap, South Mountain in Maryland to Rocky Run shelter near Boonsboro, Maryland. The total section distance was 5.4 miles. We hiked this as an in and out with some blue blaze for a total of 11 miles and one night at Rocky Run shelter. Gathland State Park is a beautiful park with public restrooms, piped water available in winter, and a picnic pavilion. There is a neat museum there and the War Correspondent’s Arch. Information about the park can be found here:
The trail starts north near the remnants of a large stone foundation and is marginally steep. Once up on the ridge, the trail is relatively flat until you reach Lamb’s Knoll, where there is a slight ascent up to the site of the old fire tower which has been torn down and replaced with a commercial tower that is not accessible to the public. As the AT passes to the south of the summit, a side trail that the maintainers try and keep covered with fallen limbs leads to the peak and the tower facilities. Also at the summit is a really neat “former” Federal military microwave communications facility and concrete tower, now used by the FAA.
Some interesting history on the facility may be found here:

The paved access road is used by bikers and hiker shortcut to Reno Monument Road. Nearby is a wonderful view from White Rocks.
This time of year, the hike is very beautiful, with oodles of May Apples that look like Smurf umbrellas growing everywhere. Just past the peak, the trail winds down, crosses the access road, and then descends steeply and eventually meets with the Rocky Run Shelter side trail (blue blaze). The shelter is quite nice and fairly new. Down further by the water source which was very plentiful during this hike as well as last fall, there is the old shelter that is still functional. The privy at the new shelter is far better than the one at the old. Lots of space for tenting in this area. During our overnight, we met up with Flip Flop hiker “Travelin’ Tom”, who was very interesting to get to know, a die hard hippie from years gone by with a knack for playing the recorder. We also passed another Northbound flopper “shoelace” who was moving along at a quick pace.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nice evening hike. Pretty view. It's nice to see the Piedmont Plateau from a different angle. Another jaunt-like hike completed :)

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