Thurston Griggs to Appalachian Trail to Black Rock

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Thurston Griggs to Appalachian Trail to Black Rock is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Myersville, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles
928 feet
Out & Back

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From White Oak Dr, Hagerstown, MD to Black Rock Summit

24 days ago

Nice workout!

1 month ago

Great short hike. I went in January. Lots of ice. I was fine in hiking boots. My pup loved it.

1 month ago

great hike. had a little difficulty finding the trail to begin with, but once we found it, all was great. took our dog too. great views from black rock overlook.

4 months ago

My family loves this trail for a quick workout and great scenery and views. The trial has a moderate climb in the beginning and flattens out near the top. Wonderful sights of water, and forests with a spectacular view of the valley and of the river of rocks below the outlook.

4 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Landscape changes abound. A great hike when you’ve been stuck inside for way too long.

6 months ago

Enjoyed very much: especially view at top!

6 months ago

Wonderful trail. We’re traveling to Baltimore and were looking for a trail to hike that would not take all day. We loved the stream. The outcropping of rocks at the top was worth w hike. We heard rumblings of thunder and got soaked in a thunderstorm! Thanks to trail locator for the hiking information.

7 months ago

Easy access and well marked. Great views with a rocky wet start.

7 months ago

Rocky, wet, and beautiful scenery-moss covered rocks, a stream and little waterfalls along the way. Perfect way to start a Saturday!

8 months ago

This spring has been wet so it is no surprise that the trail is a bit wet. There are sections of the trail where the trail becomes a small stream (separate from the stream crossings). However, since the terrain is rocky, there was always a way to get through those areas on rocks while not leaving the path area. But if you are hiking with small kids, now is not the time to take it if you want them to stay clean and have dry feet.

Several beautiful stream crossings to work your way through.

You are rewarded with a great mountain top view looking west over the valley containing Hagerstown.

The top is a small rock scramble to get to the view so small kids and dogs will need to be close at hand.

I was able to run down the trail which is exhilarating as you look for footholds among the rocky terrain. Though there were the numerous areas mentioned above where walking was required.

8 months ago

I prefer this trail to reach both Black Rock and Annapolis Rock over the more popular way - from Route-40 parking lot for four reasons: a more direct route, walking along beautiful streams most of the way up, hearing no road noise from I-70, and less crowded.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Fun trail! Did this one on a cold January afternoon but it was nice. Park at the end of a residential road; seemed strange but you are in the right spot! Pass Black Rock by another mile and you can see Annapolis Rock

Friday, December 15, 2017

We went to Md for this hike with yankee selena zach and jesse and myself and zach and cade! we loved this hike!

Monday, November 27, 2017

This was a fun trail! It’s all uphill so the kids will sleep great that night.

Directions: the trailhead is at the end of a residential street. If you’re anything like me, you might be skeptical of whether you’re headed in the right direction. Not to worry, park at the end of it. The trail starts there at the parking lot. The open area with a bunch of trails going off in different directions is private property. When you get to the camp area, make a right on the AT. This will take you to Black Rock Cliff.

Speaking of private property, I’m assuming there are hunters nearby (depending on the time of year). Be advised. We saw many many clumps of deer fur and blood along the trail. Be safe.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

There was a copperhead snake near the overlook so be alert and keep dogs on leashes.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nice hike. Was a picture perfect day so there were many others with the same idea. As noted by other hikers, a nice climb to the ridge/AT with loose rocks so poles are of value there. View was expansive and I imagine on a clear day you could see WVA quite well. Went a bit further to Annapolis Rock with another great view but again, pretty traveled if you prefer solitude. A cold beer afterwards always makes a nice ending to a good hike! (That you have to bring along in a cooler, friends)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Views from Black Rock Cliff are amazing! Much better then Annapolis Rock and we only saw 2 other people on the trail until we made it to Annapolis rock.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Did this trail yesterday on a beautiful fall day. Learned that my car's (Toyota) nav system can take GPS lat and long coordinates and got me to the trailhead without issue. This is knowledge that will come in handy in the future. I added a couple miles by continuing south on the AT to Annapolis Rock (about a mile from Black Rock so 2 extra miles round trip) for additional views. The views from both "rocks" were very nice. Also hiked a mile north of the Thurston Griggs trail junction on the AT to add another couple miles. No views in that stretch but it was not at all crowded - didn't see a single other person. The climb up is rocky but only moderately steep by the standards of the area - the climb up to the South Mountain ridge at, say, Weaverton Cliffs is definitely significantly steeper. Once you're to the top the hike is a breeze - there's a gentle roll but no significant climbs from the trail junction to Annapolis Rock.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Great hike. Amazing view. Good for dogs going up but down was a challenge as there are loose rocks. Easy to get lost as there are several trails and no maps

Friday, August 25, 2017

This trail needs removed as the description is misleading. It's the same as thurston grigs, just the mileage doesn't include the overlook or anything worth seeing. There is no waterfall either.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bring bug spray. Hiked morning of 8/19. Trail is mostly shaded with a few patches of sun. Saw a bobcat on the trail just below the cabin. Also saw a TIMBER RATTLESNAKE sunning itself on the cliff overlook rocks. Just be careful around there.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It was pretty steep at first but it was still a very fun hike.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A nice soothing Trickling stream is next to Trail until u hit AT.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

nice incline from trailhead. campsite has privy and well maintained, taking some of the unmarked trails lead to some rocks to climb on with views. continued to annapolis rocks for lunch and headed back soon after. I suggest tacking that onto the hike as it's not much further. somewhat rocky as well

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This is a short but sweet trail. It is well marked and maintained. Even though we did this hike in the rain, the trail was not muddy at all. We did cross the stream a few times. The streamflow was not too much to cross.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

I had a great time on this hike! I just got this app and as a lone amateur hiker sometimes I find myself feeling intimidated looking at maps hoping I don't get lost. This app helps with that problem.

The first half of this trek on the Thurston trail is pretty uphill with lots of rocks. Also a couple easy stream crossings. Wear socks and shoes that can handle a bit of water. Once you hit the AT you turn right and it smooths out quite a bit.

Follow the white blazes and you'll eventually see a small sign for 'Black Rock Cliffs.' There are a couple oversights to see the view from. I moved to a different spot to avoid some teenage boys.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

We hiked to a scenic overlook via one of the side trails. We were a little off trail, but it was still a nice view when we got to the top of the mountain.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Great moderate hike to breathtaking overlooks.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Great trail but this is actually Thurston Griggs trail. It links to the Appalachian and you can follow it to back rock overlook. When taking this trail you go right to continue to the overlook. It's very steep and rocky but great fun!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

fun beautiful well traveled trail. easy to moderate difficulty.

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