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"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." ~John Muir

Welcome to my outdoorsmans guide for the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) section through Maryland! This guide was created to provide a quick and easy way to plan trips on and around the 41 miles of the Appalachian Trail through Maryland. This guide is for those who rather be hiking than watching television, for those who embrace backpacking for days, weeks, or months on end without a shower, for those that rather go camping than wait in line at an amusement park, for those who endure the elements for that perfect picture, and for those who refuse to stop traveling until they have hiked everywhere there is to hike. This guide is for the hikers, backpackers, campers, photographers, and road-trippers out there.

General Information
A note from the author...

Welcome to the Appalachian Trail! The journey you are about to embark on, whether it be a short day hike or a long backpacking trip promises to be an event you won't soon forget. Whether you're a hiker, backpacker, camper, photographer, or traveler, the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail has something for you. The 40 miles contained in Maryland are relatively easy and smooth compared to other states, making this portion of the trail great for all age groups and all experience levels. Breathtaking views from High Rock, Black Rock, and Annapolis Rocks are sure to satisfy and make you want to come back. If you're into backpacking, the Maryland section provides a smooth and scenic trip with a total altitude difference of only 1650', well maintained shelters and camp sites with fire pits, and ice cold streams that flow in all but the coldest temperatures. Campers and backpackers alike can find ample camping, hiking and other recreational activities at neighboring state parks such as Washington Monument, Greenbrier, and Gathland State Parks. A short drive from the trail provides access to over 10,000 acres of hiking at Gambril, Catoctin Mountain, and Cunningham Falls State Parks. Each park has something unique to offer, including a 78-foot cascading waterfall and a Civil War era furnace. Whatever your interests may be, Maryland is sure to provide an abundant supply of exhilerating outdoors activities!

Maryland Section Details:

General Trail Rules:

  1. Always follow Leave No Trace Principles
    • Plan Ahead and Prepare
    • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
    • Dispose of Waste Properly
    • Leave What You Find
    • Minimize Campfire Impacts
    • Respect Wildlife
    • Be Considerate of Other Visitors
  2. Camp only at designated campsites and shelters
  3. Campfires only permitted in provided firepits at shelters and select campsites