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Appalachian Trail: South Mountain

 4.3 (7)

Length


13.4 Miles 21.6 Kilometers


1,679' 512 m

Ascent

-2,303' -702 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

1,749' 533 m

High

374' 114 m

Low

Shared By Keith Rickett

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The South Mountain portion of the Appalachian Trail - right near Harpers Ferry!

Keith Rickett

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Features Fall Colors · Views

Overview

A great trail to hike on and to see the valleys below from. The best light on the trail is at dawn and dusk if you really want to enjoy the scenery. You'll experience great views of the Potomac River throughout this trail.

Need to Know

Rocks can be hidden under foliage, so be careful. There are no water sources along this trail, come prepared.

Description

This section of the Appalachian Trail starts on alternating easy, groomed singletrack and paved fire road from the parking lot to the top of the mountain. From the top of Lambs Knoll, the trail becomes singletrack with lots of rocks and some roots, so pay attention.

In general, the trail is easy to follow from end to end. Just keep trucking south and enjoy it. You need at least 2 vehicles to leave at each end, or you're looking at a long out-and-back excursion.

History & Background

War Correspondents Arch:
The War Correspondents Arch is a National historic monument. Constructed in 1896, the monument stands fifty feet high and forty feet broad. The monument is administered and maintained by the National Park Service.

South Mountain State Battlefield:
Gathland State Park is located in Crampton's Gap, which witnessed a portion of the Battle of South Mountain, the first major battle of the Civil War fought in Maryland.

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Dec 2, 2018
Sage Maiolo
Birthday hike
Dec 2, 2018
Channing Maiolo
Foggy at Weverton lookout but good incline and clear trail markings. 2mi
Nov 14, 2018
R T
Sep 30, 2018
L Slvr
Jul 9, 2017
Joseph Zelenak
May 31, 2017
Tom Sunderhaus
Boonsboro to harpers ferry 25mi
Apr 27, 2017
Michele Sweger
14.5mi
Dec 31, 2016
Duck7 LostDuck

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  4.3 from 7 votes

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