Explore the most popular forest trails near Boonsboro with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a nice, well-maintained wooded trail with lots of ferns and some scenic overlooks. It got a bit congested, but it was a nice local day hike.

Great hike. First mile is straight up- but doable! The hike is 5.1 this includes the walk to the parking lot. Wear good shoes and the “caretaker” left a note to “look out for snakes”. (Sunday Aug 6) They too are happy to have the sun-shining. I am very happy not to have seen any.

I LOVED this trail! Not sure why this says 5.1 miles...it is only 4.4, unless I missed something? It was just the right amount of hard and easy for a short day hike. Pretty much the whole first mile is uphill. Not terribly steep but not easy! Then it flattens out and is a nice walk to the rocks. The trail is so wide which is nice because it's heavily trafficked on a weekend!

After almost 2 weeks of rain the trail was pretty muddy. For the most part you are able to walk around it or rock-hop but there were a few times I was in my groove and just sunk down in the mud. But like I said...two weeks of rain!! So who cares about a little mud! I can't imagine the mud will clear up quickly since people are already back on the trail after so much rain, so just be prepared. The rocks were beautiful and there are several spots you can walk around to for a view. Just be careful obviously.

mountain biking
14 days ago

It was a good time challenging uphills and fun down hills

hiking
15 days ago

The trail was definitely challenging at the start, which I love. It levels off a little more than halfway to the top. Nice out and back trail, not too long if you’re kind of in a rush like we were, but you get a good workout in right away. Fun trail, and the view at the top is so worth it!

After a climb, you skirt along the top of the mountain. Highly recommend.

Yet another wonderful trail. I've been here twice now - once in winter and once in summer. I will definitely be going back in the fall. Awesome views!

20 days ago

This is a nice 5 mile hike. Most of it is in the woods and it ends along a lake. All Trails labeled it easy. The sign at the park says difficult. I’d go with moderate. It’s rocky and there are some up hill stretches. The trail is very clearly marked. You can begin and end at a picnic area with bathroom facilities. There’s a sign at the park entrance that says “pets prohibited.”

A great trail that's not too steep, and wide. Pup had a blast. Heavy foot traffic. No creeks for cool down, bring lots of water for your pup.

This is one of my favorite hikes for a in and out, it is not hard, and the view is nice. Bring a lunch, and enjoy it on the rocks. Talk to the camp host, and just enjoy it.

hiking
29 days ago

The trail itself it’s not particularly difficult it’s got about two steep inclines. The only draw back is there is a section of the trail where there is a large collection of trash; i.e. beer bottles, rusted metal items. Aside from that, which could be a park maintenance problem, it’s a lovely hike!

Fairly easy hike. There is a section early on that most of the elevation gain occurs, but it is easy elevation. The view is amazing! Will definitely do this again.

My 1 year old Chocolate Labrador and I tested out this trail for the first time (mid July); the weather was perfect, the trail itself was an easy climb, and the view from Annapolis Rock was lovely. This trail was just enough exercise to tire a pup out by its end.

P.S. I was pleased to find a dog-drinking station at the rest area. We did bring our own water just in case. :)

Great trail for relaxing hike! More on the moderate to easy side. 2.5 miles up and 2.5 miles back totally at 5 miles. The hike starts on a freeway which seems funny but after about 5 minutes you’re in nature’s quiet! We got lucky and got the trail mostly to ourselves! A beautiful summit with rewarding views. Definitely suggest!

Our family loves this trail. We take our five kids ages 15 down to 1 year and they do pretty good. Well maintained trail with lots of shade. The view from Annapolis Rocks is worth the trek. There’s an outhouse near the Rocks, fyi.

We completed both the Washington Monument and Annapolis Rock trails. The total distance was 11 miles. The trail was a bit wet from heavy rains the day before. Bugs were a bit heavy also, but the views were awesome. Love this hike. That's the second time we have completed the Annapolis Rock portion and the first time to the monument. Both were worth the climb.

1 month ago

When I arrived I saw a HUGE sign that said pets prohibited! Discouraging!!!! Yes

The parking lot at Greenbrier State Park was full. So, I parked my car off US 40 start the hike at intersection of Bartman Hill Trail and AT. Great Hike. Nice views from Washington Monument. Parts of AT was very muddy.

Great hike! Most difficult the first two miles of the trail, but once you get through that hike it’s quite flat and a nice nature walk. Both Annapolis Rocks and Black Rock had great views!

As a lot of others have mentioned, the trail starts near a major highway which is loud and not that pretty but the rest of the trail is greats and the view at the rocks is pretty nice, too.

hiking
2 months ago

The first incline was challenging. Crossed a few streams, trail is rocky and sometimes loose and muddy. $5/person to get into the park. Bring bug spray and have fun. A nice trail.

Well marked trails , lots of shade trees awesome views!

This was my first hike and it made me want more. A nice view from the top of Annapolis Rock. I arrived just in time for sunset but it was unfortunately too cloudy that day. Will definitely hike this again to try to catch it another time. Nearby campgrounds, privies and spring.

This is a nice hike from Gathland to White Rocks, however BEWARE: this is not a loop as shown on this map. The western portion of the trail is abandoned and marked “not the AT”.

Breathtaking beautiful !!!

Great hike! Amazing view. Very easy to follow with the wide paths.

Great hike for fitness enthusiasts and forest lovers—less so for big views. Has some of the best marked trails you will find. A lake for swimming and campgrounds. I had a great 9 mike hike w my daughter. Worn out! Happy.

Nice trail. Plenty of parking weekdays. They pay off is decent. Good way to kill a morning.

Short little hike with a decent view of Hagerstown from the rocks. Beginning of the trail is pretty ugly and parallels a freeway, and you don't escape the road noise until you're at least a mile in. Not a lot of incline and it's pretty brief so don't expect a workout.

Lovely trail with a rewarding view.
Watch for snakes if you go spring/summer time as the place is pretty rocky.
Parking is limited, the trail is to the right of the parking spot.

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