White Rocks

Gapland, Maryland 21779

White Rocks

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The highlight of this hike is a small quartzite cliff known as White Rocks. The views offered from this overlook are poor in the summer but excellent in the late fall and winter. This hike begins at Crampton Gap in Gathland State Park, where a memorial arch honors Civil War correspondents and artists. A battle was also fought in the vicinity, and the ruins of Gathland can still be seen. Civil War correspondent George Alfred Townsend, who used the pen name Gath, built his estate on South Mountain in 1884 with the proceeds from his war fiction and newspaper articles. He built a home, a hall, a library, a lodge, a guesthouse, a house for his wife, servants’ quarters, a stable, and a tomb for himself (although he was not buried in it).

He named the estate Gathland after his pseudonym. Since 1884, all the buildings, though built of stone, have been vandalized to such a degree that only a wing of Gath Hall has been restored. This building now houses a museum. Restrooms, water, and picnic tables are available in the park."

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3.5 hours

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Dec 2018