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Gathland State Park
to Alternate US 40

White Rock Cliffs on Lambs Knoll

 

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Appalachian Trail GPS Tracks

Get the complete GPS Tracks for the AT in Maryland for ONLY $1.97!  This .gpx file includes waypoints for all trail shelters along the trail in Maryland and many of the official AT parking areas.  Use the BUY NOW button below and we'll send you the file via e-mail!  Great for creating your own maps or for keeping you on the trail! Happy Hiking!

This 7.3 mile section of the Appalachian Trail features the views from White Rock Cliff on Lambs Knoll.  This section also has two shelters as well as the Dahlgren Backpack Campground.  This section begins at Crampton Gap and ends at Turners Gap.  Many thru hikers eat at the elegant Old South Mountain Inn, making this a must stop.  Not too many fine dining experiences right along the AT.

From Crampton Gap, cross Gapland Road and in 0.1 mile pass the ruins of a large stone barn.  This sections begins in Gathland State Park.  The AT ascends out of the gap.  At 0.4 miles reach a blue blazed side trail that leads 0.3 miles to the Crampton Gap Shelter.  This shelter was originally built in 1941 and sleeps six.  There is a privy nearby.  Water source is at times dry, north bound thru hikers will want to get water from Gathland State Park.

Crampton Gap Shelter

The main trail continues to ascend and at 3.5 miles reach a viewpoint called White Rock Cliffs on Lambs Knoll.  At 3.7 miles reach near the summit of 1734 foot Lambs Knoll.  An unmarked side trail leads to the communication tower on the summit.  The AT now descends quickly. 

At 4.8 miles cross a communication tower access road.  At 5.3 miles reach a blue blazed side trail on the left that descends steeply 0.2 miles to the Rocky Run Shelter.  This shelter was originally built in 1941 and renovated in 2008.  Tent sites can be found downhill from the shelter and there is a privy close by.  This is a real nice shelter.

The renovated Rocky Run Shelter

At 6.3 miles cross the paved Reno Monument Road and reach Fox Gap as well as Reno Monument.  This area was the scene of major fighting during the battle of South Mountain in the Civil War on Sept 14, 1962.  During the battle, Major General Reno who led the Federal troops was killed as well as his Confederate counterpart, Brigadier General Garland.  Future US President Rutherford Hayes was wounded at this battle.  The monument is located 150 feet off the trail.

There is parking available for about ten cars near the trail crossing.  The GPS coordinates are N39 28.230 W77 37.044 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.

Reno Monument

At 7.1 miles pass by the Dahlgren Backpack Campground, established and maintained by the Maryland Park Service, has numerous excellent tent sites, rest rooms, water, and HOT showers.  This campground is FREE for thru hikers.  Be sure to check out the Old South Mountain Inn after a hot shower, just be sure to bring your backpack with you.

At 7.3 miles reach Alternate US 40 and Turners Gap.  There is parking for about forty cars near the trail crossing (ask permission to park at the Inn).  The GPS coordinates are N39 29.054 W77 37.193 for those who have a GPS device in their vehicle. The Old South Mountain Inn is located where the trail crosses the road.

Winter view from White Rock Cliffs on Lambs Knoll

This marks the end of this section of the Appalachian Trail.  Look above and purchase the GPS Tracks for the AT in Maryland to use for your hand held gps devise or use the tracks to create your own maps!  For only $1.97 it's a great way to help plan your hike along the AT in Maryland.

 

Appalachian Trail Hiking Guide - Maryland
ONLY $5.00
Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for the Appalachian Trail as it travels in Maryland. The guide is broken down by 5 sections of the AT. The book comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment.

Appalachian Trail in Maryland
Gathland State Park to Alt US 40
ONLY $1.50
Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for just this section of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. The guide comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button below and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment. Happy Hiking!

Below are some books/maps we recommend to anyone who is looking for more information about the Appalachian Trail in Maryland:

 Appalachian Trail Guide to Maryland and Northern Virginia

 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Map: Maryland

 Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States - Maryland PA NJ NY

 50 Amazing Things You Must See and Do in the Greater D.C. Area: The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Guide

 The Blue Hills of Maryland: History Along the Appalachian Trail on South Mountain and the Catoctins

 AMC's Best Day Hikes near Washington, D.C.: Four-season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Maryland, Virginia, and the Nation's Capital

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