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blue AT: Annapolis Rocks and Black Rock

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Trail

8.0 mile 12.9 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 932' 284 m
Descent: -932' -284 m
High: 1,850' 564 m
Low: 1,226' 374 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Chris Kroehler

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

Chris Kroehler

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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Apr 9, 2019
Sha Whit
Jan 8, 2019
Leah Genth
A little muddy but lots of fun! Good view from Annapolis rock 5mi
Jan 1, 2019
Sheri Li
6.6mi
Dec 29, 2018
Yeny Villalta Villatoro
3.75 miles + 2.5 miles
Dec 25, 2018
Beth K
Dec 5, 2018
Anne Herlache
2.3mi
Nov 25, 2018
Matthew David
Nov 4, 2018
Olga Y

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  4.3 from 35 votes

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This was a great trail, moderate in difficulty, incredibly scenic and not too crowded. May 7, 2017

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