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Appalachian Trail: Dahlgrens to Raven Rock

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Pen Mar Park

Appalachian Trail: Dahlgrens to Raven Rock is a 15.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesboro, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3,461 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Pleasant woodland trails with plenty of civil war history. This is part 3 of 4 hikes that could be done as individual day hikes or strung together for a 4 day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail to complete the state of Maryland. After departing Dahlgren's Backpacker Campground you will gently climb to an interesting historical marker for a battle in which Major General Reno was killed during the Battle of South Mountain. This area is Fox's Gap. Future President Rutherford B. Hayes was wounded here. You will next begin the tough, steep, rocky climb up Lamb's Knoll, that last major up-hill push of the Maryland sections of the AT. After reaching the top, you will enjoy a very nice, gentle hike to Gathland, home of the Cival War era War Correspondents Memorial. Nice park with restrooms and soda vending. Continue gentle hike for next several miles to Ed Garvey shelter, your destination for the night or push on an additional 3 miles and a steep descent to Weverton Road. Make sure you stop at Weverton Cliffs!

8 months ago

I went south in the AT for three miles. The first little bit is extremely rocky, but once you get past that it is a great hike. I had no idea I would end up at Penmar Park, but it was a pleasant surprise. The amazing view from there was worth the hike. It's definitely a challenging hike, especially on the return where there is a solid mile of up hill. I'm glad I chose this trail today!

Sat Feb 16 2019

Completely inaccurate and misleading. The shelter on this trail is Raven Rock not Ed Harvey. This is not anywhere near Ed Garvey

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