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Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail

Greater Washington D.C., Maryland

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Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail

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  • Make a right at the fork. The signage is clear, thankfully.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • The path will follow the freeway for a short while before veering right.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • Follow the white blazes that mark the Appalachian Trail.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • Leaves falling and fog make for a perfect October hike.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • Hiking to Annapolis Rock.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • After about 2 miles, take a left at the sign. Follow the blue blazes to Annapolis Rock.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • Annapolis Rock also serves as a campsite for thru hikers on the Appalachian Trail.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • The view is better without the fog....- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • ...as is evident in this picture.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • For another great view, take the Appalachian Trail up another mile to Black Rock. The signage is very small.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • The view is worth the hike.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • Fall colors on the Appalachian Trail.- Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
  • - Annapolis Rock on the Appalachian Trail
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Pros: 
Beautiful views. Old-growth forest.
Cons: 
Big crowds.
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Region:
Greater Washington D.C., MD
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
470.00 ft (143.26 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,550.00 ft (472.44 m)
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Hike Description

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Annapolis Rock is one of the most popular hikes along Maryland's portion of the Appalachian Trail, and for good reason. The hike is relatively easy, and the views are spectacular. The hike is about 5 miles total, out and back. For another great view, Black Rock is only 1 mile further along the Appalachian Trail, which would add another 2 miles roundtrip.

Because of its popularity, the best time to visit is earlier in the morning. If you hit it right, you will see the thru-AT hikers leaving as you walk in, and you will see the day hikers arriving as you walk out.  Annapolis Rock serves as a campsite for AT thru hikers as well.  

The easiest way to hike this is to park at the AT Trailhead in Myersville. You then follow the white blazes for about 2 miles before you veer left and follow the blue blazes to Annapolis Rock. After admiring the view at Annapolis Rock, hike up another mile to reach Black Rock. The fork for this stop is relatively easy to miss; make sure to keep an eye out for the little sign. There are no blazes marking this trail, either.

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