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AT: Annapolis Rock and Black Rock

Intermediate
 4.3 (47) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A well-marked section of the Appalachian Trail AT that has two great views.


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8.0

Miles

12.9

KM

Out and Back

1,850' 564 m

High

1,226' 374 m

Low

932' 284 m

Up

932' 284 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Parking at the lot on Route 40, this hike takes the AT north up to Annapolis Rocks and then Black Rock. If you only go to Annapolis Rocks it would be a 5 mile out-and-back.

Description

From the parking lot, follow the sign for Appalachian Trail (AT) and head towards Annapolis Rocks. This is a great trail for hiking, fastpacking, or trail running. Depending on your speed this round-trip hike can take you between 2-4 hours. This trail offers a lot to the day hiker or trail runner. It can be very busy with foot traffic during the warm weather months and on weekends. It is especially busy between the starting point at Rt. 40 and Annapolis Rocks Viewpoint Spur. However, in my experience, once you continue past this location on towards Black Rock Veiwpoint Spur there is significantly less foot traffic. Additionally, if you continue to Black Rock Veiwpoint Spur there is a good chance you'll see someone slack lining at this location. Both of these viewpoints are well marked with signs on the trees.

Flora & Fauna

Hiking this trail at different seasons will provide a completely different flora and fauna experience. When I did this trail in August, the forest floor was covered in green ferns vs. later during the same hike in October the ferns had wilted and the ground cover was brown and leafy. Surprisingly, I haven't seen any deer along this path but did see a harmless garter snake right near the entrance at Rt. 70.

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Shared By:

Chris Kroehler

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  4.3 from 47 votes

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Photos

Annapolis Rock/Black Rock Cliffs Hike, MD
Sep 8, 2018 near Myersville, MD
The overlook at Annapolis Rock.
Oct 28, 2015 near Myersville, MD
I made it to the top of the Annapolis Rock and it was worth it.
Jul 17, 2018 near Myersville, MD
Annapolis Rocks View
Jul 14, 2018 near Myersville, MD
Going higher on Annapolis Rocks
Jul 17, 2018 near Myersville, MD
The trail is overall good for a mix of running and hiking.
Oct 28, 2015 near Myersville, MD

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Jul 12, 2020
Kay Will
Jul 3, 2020
Manoj Abey
8mi — 4h 45m
May 25, 2020
Greg G
Apr 10, 2020
Lily Hong
Mar 14, 2020
Carson Gray
Jan 5, 2020
joe Doughty
Aug 31, 2019
Connor McCollum
Great conditions on the trail out to Annapolis rock.
Jul 28, 2019
Mark Ezrin
Spectacular views. 5.2mi — 1h 15m