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blueBlack Appalachian Trail: South Mountain

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Trail

13.4 mile 21.6 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,679' 512 m
Descent: -2,303' -702 m
High: 1,749' 533 m
Low: 374' 114 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)

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Trail shared by Keith Rickett

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All Clear 19 days ago See History
Mostly Dry - fun hike few muddy spots where drainage is poor everything else was bone dry took ~20 miles from start of hike to harpers ferry

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

Keith Rickett

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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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Mar 29, 2019
Matthew Fogle
trail is 20 miles if you end in harpers ferry 20mi — 14h 40m
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

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  4.4 from 8 votes

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