Appalachian National Scenic Trail

South Mountain State Park, Maryland 21716

Elevation Gain6,388ft
Trailhead Elevation1,399ft
Elevation Min/Max930/1741ft
Elevation Start/End1399/1399ft

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a hiking trail in Washington County and Frederick County, Maryland. It is within Greenbrier State Park, South Mountain State Park, Gathland State Park, and Washington Monument State Park. It is 17.1 miles long and begins at 1,399 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 34.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,388 feet. The Pine Knob Shelter and Pine Knob Shelter information guideposts, the Church of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (elevation 1,066 feet) and Dahlgren Chapel places of worship, the Welcome to the Appalachian Trail and Washington Monument information boards, the South Mountain Inn restaurant, and Lambs Knoll (elevation 1,742 feet) and Monument Knob (elevation 1,535 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also picnic sites, parkings, trees, a communication tower, a bench, a viewpoint, woods, grass, and a rock along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Bartman Hill Trail, Old Road and Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) is one of a few that provide families with spectacular views from atop a ridgeline. Your hiking destination is a large rock outcropping that hangs on the western ridge—a perfect place to bask in the warm afternoon sun.

The stacked metamorphic boulders boast climbing routes with various degrees of challenge and multiple flat spots to sit on and enjoy a picnic while taking in the excellent views of the valley below, including Greenbrier Lake. The trailhead is at the western edge of the parking lot on the highway."

"There is a feeling of enchantment when you know you are hiking on a portion of a 2,000-mile trail that extends from Georgia to Maine. Forty-one miles of the Appalachian Trail run through Maryland.

This day hike will take you to a typical three-sided shelter and one of the trail’s amazing overlooks, Annapolis Rocks, featuring rock formations and scenic views."

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Trail Information

South Mountain State Park
Nearby City
Washington Monument State Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Appalachian Trail: Annapolis Rocks
Local Contacts
Available through the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
Local Maps