The Appalachian Trail in Maryland follows a forty-mile route along the backbone of South Mountain, a north-south ridge that extends from Pennsylvania to the Potomac River. This section is great for three- or four-day trips, is easy by A.T. standards, and is a good place to find out if you’re ready for more rugged parts of the Trail. You are required to stay at designated shelters and campsites.
There are many pretty views and convenient access from nearby towns and highways. It’s also a favorite with Scouts seeking the merit badge for a fifty-mile hike.
A.T. mileage 41 miles
Difficulty rating 2-3 (rating scale explained)
Elevation 230—1,880 feet
Guidebook Appalachian Trail Guide to Maryland and Northern Virginia with Side Trails
When to go: Mid-April through mid-June. September and October. Summer heat and humidity can occasionally be oppressive.
Video Trail Report from Thru-Hiker Tutts99