High Rock

Hagerstown, Maryland

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This northernmost hike in Maryland follows the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) southbound along the west flank of South Mountain and then up to the excellent overlook at High Rock. To make a loop, the hike follows Pen Mar High Rock Road back to the parking area. High Rock Overlook is an interesting phenomenon for more than just geological reasons. The overlook is a large, and quite tall, outcrop of hard quartzite, the top of which is at the level of the road and the parking lot. It drops off to the west a good 75 feet or more, providing an excellent view of the Great Valley.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail Mid-Atlantic

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail Mid-Atlantic

by Matt Willen (Menasha Ridge Press)

This northernmost hike in Maryland follows the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) southbound along the west flank of South Mountain and then up to the excellent overlook at High Rock. To make a loop, the hike follows Pen Mar High Rock Road back to the parking area.

High Rock Overlook is an interesting phenomenon for more than just geological reasons. The overlook is a large, and quite tall, outcrop of hard quartzite, the top of which is at the level of the road and the parking lot. It drops off to the west a good 75 feet or more, providing an excellent view of the Great Valley.

© 2017 Matt Willen/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hagerstown
Distance: 5.0
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,326 feet
Top Elevation: 1,840 feet
Local Contacts: Washington County Parks & Facilities, 240-313-2700, washco-md.net/parks_facilities/pPenMarPark.shtm
Local Maps: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Appalachian Trail Across Maryland, Sections 1 to 7; USGS Smithsburg
Driving Directions: Directions to High Rock

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