South Mountain State Park Appalachian Trail Backpackers’ Campgrounds

Boonsboro, Maryland

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South Mountain State Park more than 8,000 acres, following the ridge of South Mountain from Pen Mar, just south of the Pennsylvania border, to Weverton, just north of the Potomac River; the total park acreage is over 13,000 and includes the South Mountain State Battlefield, site of the September 1862 Civil War battle. There are three backpackers’ campgrounds along the Maryland section of the AT: Dahlgren (something of a legend for AT thru-hikers), Pogo, and Annapolis Rock. Using the Maryland AT midpoint overnight parking area off US 40, Pogo is 4 miles north, Annapolis Rock is 2.2 miles north, and Dahlgren is 5.2 miles south.
Best Tent Camping: Maryland

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Best Tent Camping: Maryland

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

South Mountain State Park more than 8,000 acres, following the ridge of South Mountain from Pen Mar, just south of the Pennsylvania border, to Weverton, just north of the Potomac River; the total park acreage is over 13,000 and includes the South Mountain State Battlefield, site of the September 1862 Civil War battle.

There are three backpackers’ campgrounds along the Maryland section of the AT: Dahlgren (something of a legend for AT thru-hikers), Pogo, and Annapolis Rock. Using the Maryland AT midpoint overnight parking area off US 40, Pogo is 4 miles north, Annapolis Rock is 2.2 miles north, and Dahlgren is 5.2 miles south.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Boonsboro
Campsites: 36+
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: Showers at Dahlgren; water shut off March–December
Driving Directions: Directions to South Mountain State Park: Appalachian Trail Backpackers’ Campgrounds

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