Annapolis Rock

Hagerstown, Maryland 21746

Annapolis Rock

Annapolis Rock Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This popular hike follows the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) northbound from US 40 along South Mountain to Annapolis Rock, accessed by a side trail heading west.

The Annapolis Rock hike is very popular for several reasons: It is close to Frederick, Maryland; the hiking is pleasant and mostly easy going; there is a campground near the rocks so it sees its share of backpackers; and the view from Annapolis Rock is superb.

A longer variation of this hike can be made by continuing along the A.T. for another mile to the side trail to Black Rock, which is also on the west side of the ridge."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland (Falcon Guides)
Eric J. Horst and Stewart M. Green
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"The clean white faces of Annapolis Rock arguably offer the state’s finest climbing opportunities. However, with an hourlong approach along the Appalachian Trail, the crags are visited by more hikers than climbers. The area’s west exposure provides a great view of the Potomac River Valley and, quite often, a stunning sunset. Consequently, Annapolis Rock is a popular camping area with AT hikers, and there are numerous sites located near the overlook at the top of the cliff."
Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"The two destinations of this day hike, Annapolis Rock and Black Rock Cliffs, offer spectacular western views of the Maryland countryside as well as southwestern views of Greenbrier Lake. From the parking area off US 40, hike 0.1 mile to the trailhead. Pick up the A.T. at the US 40 overpass, and follow a dirt road that climbs into the woods to the right. Turn left in 0.1 mile and, shortly thereafter, pass a road leading to a farmhouse on the right."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
1,232 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,708 feet
Top Elevation
South Mountain State Park, 301-791-4767,
Local Contacts
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Appalachian Trail Across Maryland, Sections 1 to 7; USGS Myersville
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