Rocky Trail

Rocky Gap State Park, Maryland

Elevation Gain486ft
Trailhead Elevation1,280ft
Elevation Min/Max1273/1449ft
Elevation Start/End1280/1280ft

Rocky Trail

Rocky Trail is a hiking trail in Allegany County, Maryland. It is within Rocky Gap State Park. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 1,280 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 486 feet.

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"A challenging walk through the dark and lush Rocky Gap Canyon followed by an ascent over an old woods road to a monument marking the Mason-Dixon Line high atop Evitts Mountain, where there are expansive views. Along the way, visit the historic homestead of the first white settler in the rugged Allegheny Mountains. This hike begins with a visit to an enchanting hemlock canyon and climbs to the summit of Evitts Mountain, where there are endless views of the Allegheny Mountains and a Mason-Dixon Line marker that is placed, as most were, in the middle of nowhere. From Rocky Gap Run in the canyon, you will climb 1,200 feet over 2 miles, but the majority of the ascent is over a wide dirt road that provides a stable surface and plenty of rest spots. The 0.5-mile walk through the canyon is rocky and steep at times, but hikers comfortable sliding down a couple of boulders on their backsides will fare just fine. Special considerations: The wide dirt road of Evitts Homesite Trail makes an especially fine trail for snowshoe hiking."
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"Rocky Gap State Park is the home of the EX2 Adventures Xterra Race.The trails here, and around the man-made Lake Habeeb, offer intermediate to advanced mountain bikers a fun and challenging network of trails. Riders can enjoy great lake vistas and mature hemlock forests thick with rhododendron and mountain laurel. This is one of the newer rides in the book and replaces a couple of the rides included in the previous editions, including the New Germany State Park Ride and the Greenridge State Forest mountain-bike race-course loop. Rocky Gap has developed into a great vacation destination. The Rocky Gap Casino and Golf Resort, along with the state park, anchors along the 243-acre Lake Habeeb and off er visitors myriad recreational opportunities, including fishing, golf (on a Jack Nicklaus signature course), camping, hiking, and cycling."

Rocky Trail Trip Reports

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The trail directions described are accurate, although be sure to follow the WHITE blazes at the beginning! The hike through the canyon was enjoyable and do-able by most if you are willing to do a little sliding down rocks. The walk on the old farm road is uneventful and we turned back before reaching the homestead and the marker due to very overgron conditions and plenty of poison ivy. Would do the "rim to rim to rim" at the beginning again, though.
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Good hike to very top near the PA boarder. Great views at top. But don't do what we did - head down the pipeline along the boarder. Very steep and much farther than we expected.
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Very easy to find. Lots of parking at trailhead. The trail starts with an easy hike through evergreens, then drops into canyon. There's a great overlook before you take the plunge. You may need to grab on to a boulder or two to get down. The bridge over the stream is rotted and very wet. Watch your footing. It's slick. The next part of the trail is rocky but manageable and a fair climb. Then, it stops being a trail and turns into a dirt road for the rest of the hike. The road is wide and overgrown in places. It's very crowded, at least on the weekend. The trail is part of a resort, so don't expect peace and quiet. I passed by several large tour groups, including a corporate group that I could hear discussing business before I even saw them. The homesite is very overgrown. You have to move weeds to see the well. And at the tower, I couldn't find the marker. It's very overgrown also. Lots of poison ivy, so be careful. It's a fast hike, but if you want serenity and quiet, it's not for you. This is a very busy trail. Lots of rookies wearing cotton and jeans and carrying no water. Plus a lost child or two. I heard the screaming and calling on the way out. Still, it's quick.

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Trail Information

Rocky Gap State Park
Nearby City
Rocky Gap State Park
Rocky Gap State Park, Flintstone, MD, (301) 722-1480, rockygap.aspx
Local Contacts
USGS Evitts Creek, Maryland-Pennsylvania-West Virginia
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