South Mountain State Park Appalachian Trail Shelters

Boonsboro, Maryland

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The Appalachian Trail is blazed in white; blue blazes indicate trails to the Maryland shelters where you can pitch your tent. Prominent signage makes finding the shelters very easy. All shelters look pretty similar: a smallish, hewn-log structures sitting amid comparatively level ground (the areas around the shelters are invariably hilly). There are six primitive shelters along the Maryland portion of the AT. From north to south, they are: Devils Racecourse (0. 2 miles from Pen Mar, near the Pennsylvania border), Ensign Cowall, Pine Knob, Rocky Run, Crampton Gap, and Ed Garvey, which is 3. 5 miles north of the C & O Canal and the Potomac River beyond.
Best Tent Camping: Maryland

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Best Tent Camping: Maryland

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Appalachian Trail is blazed in white; blue blazes indicate trails to the Maryland shelters where you can pitch your tent. Prominent signage makes finding the shelters very easy. All shelters look pretty similar: a smallish, hewn-log structures sitting amid comparatively level ground (the areas around the shelters are invariably hilly).

There are six primitive shelters along the Maryland portion of the AT. From north to south, they are: Devils Racecourse (0. 2 miles from Pen Mar, near the Pennsylvania border), Ensign Cowall, Pine Knob, Rocky Run, Crampton Gap, and Ed Garvey, which is 3. 5 miles north of the C & O Canal and the Potomac River beyond.

© 2016 Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Boonsboro
Campsites: 6 Shelters
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Hiking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: South Mountain State Park  301-791-4767 dnr2.maryland.gov
Fees per Night: Free
Facilities: Toilet (some have spring water)
Driving Directions: Directions to South Mountain State Park: Appalachian Trail Shelters

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