On The Rocks

Myersville, Maryland 21773

On The Rocks

On The Rocks Professional Review and Guide

"While local day-hikers are familiar with many of the highlights of this trip, few link up the Appalachian Trail (AT) with Catoctin Trail (CT) for a backpacking trip of this level of ambition and grandeur—all within an hour’s drive from the Baltimore–DC metropolitan area.

The CT varies from being extremely frequently traveled by day-hikers to rarely being visited in its wilder stretches. Along the way, you’ll reel off one big view of the Maryland Blue Ridge after another. You’ll see Annapolis Rock and Ravens Rock from the AT, and you’ll summit Chimney Rock, Wolf Rock, and Cat Rock. Keep in mind, too, that the hike across Maryland is about 40 miles long; this route will take you very near to the big 5-0."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
47.7 miles one-way
9,047 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
3-6 days
PATC at 703-242-0315 or at patc.net. Cunningham Falls State Park and Gambrill State Park can be reached at 301-271-7574 or online at dnr.state.md.us. Finally, the Catoctin Mountain Park’s phone number is 301-663-9388, and its website is nps.gov/cato/
Local Contacts
USGS Quads: Blue Ridge, Catoctin Furnace, Myersville, and Smithsburg
Local Maps

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Jul 2018