Rocky Gap Canyon to Evitts Summit, Rocky Gap State Park

Cumberland, Maryland

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A challenging walk through the dark and lush Rocky Gap Canyon followed by an ascent over an old woods road to a monument marking the Mason-Dixon Line high atop Evitts Mountain, where there are expansive views. Along the way, visit the historic homestead of the first white settler in the rugged Allegheny Mountains. This hike begins with a visit to an enchanting hemlock canyon and climbs to the summit of Evitts Mountain, where there are endless views of the Allegheny Mountains and a Mason-Dixon Line marker that is placed, as most were, in the middle of nowhere. From Rocky Gap Run in the canyon, you will climb 1,200 feet over 2 miles, but the majority of the ascent is over a wide dirt road that provides a stable surface and plenty of rest spots. The 0.5-mile walk through the canyon is rocky and steep at times, but hikers comfortable sliding down a couple of boulders on their backsides will fare just fine. Special considerations: The wide dirt road of Evitts Homesite Trail makes an especially fine trail for snowshoe hiking.
Hiking Maryland & Delaware

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Hiking Maryland & Delaware

by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)

A challenging walk through the dark and lush Rocky Gap Canyon followed by an ascent over an old woods road to a monument marking the Mason-Dixon Line high atop Evitts Mountain, where there are expansive views. Along the way, visit the historic homestead of the first white settler in the rugged Allegheny Mountains.

This hike begins with a visit to an enchanting hemlock canyon and climbs to the summit of Evitts Mountain, where there are endless views of the Allegheny Mountains and a Mason-Dixon Line marker that is placed, as most were, in the middle of nowhere. From Rocky Gap Run in the canyon, you will climb 1,200 feet over 2 miles, but the majority of the ascent is over a wide dirt road that provides a stable surface and plenty of rest spots. The 0.5-mile walk through the canyon is rocky and steep at times, but hikers comfortable sliding down a couple of boulders on their backsides will fare just fine. Special considerations: The wide dirt road of Evitts Homesite Trail makes an especially fine trail for snowshoe hiking.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cumberland
Distance: 5.2
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Rocky Gap State Park
Local Maps: USGS Evitts Creek, Maryland-Pennsylvania-West Virginia
Driving Directions: Directions to Rocky Gap Canyon to Evitts Summit, Rocky Gap State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

6/26/2009
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The trail directions described are accurate, although be sure to follow the WHITE blazes at the beginning! The hike through the canyon was enjoyable and do-able by most if you are willing to do a little sliding down rocks. The walk on the old farm road is uneventful and we turned back before reaching the homestead and the marker due to very overgron conditions and plenty of poison ivy. Would do the "rim to rim to rim" at the beginning again, though.


6/1/2008
0

Good hike to very top near the PA boarder. Great views at top. But don't do what we did - head down the pipeline along the boarder. Very steep and much farther than we expected.


7/23/2005
0

Very easy to find. Lots of parking at trailhead. The trail starts with an easy hike through evergreens, then drops into canyon. There's a great overlook before you take the plunge. You may need to grab on to a boulder or two to get down. The bridge over the stream is rotted and very wet. Watch your footing. It's slick. The next part of the trail is rocky but manageable and a fair climb. Then, it stops being a trail and turns into a dirt road for the rest of the hike. The road is wide and overgrown in places. It's very crowded, at least on the weekend. The trail is part of a resort, so don't expect peace and quiet. I passed by several large tour groups, including a corporate group that I could hear discussing business before I even saw them. The homesite is very overgrown. You have to move weeds to see the well. And at the tower, I couldn't find the marker. It's very overgrown also. Lots of poison ivy, so be careful. It's a fast hike, but if you want serenity and quiet, it's not for you. This is a very busy trail. Lots of rookies wearing cotton and jeans and carrying no water. Plus a lost child or two. I heard the screaming and calling on the way out. Still, it's quick.



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