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Potomac River to
Gathland State Park

Weverton Cliffs

 

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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!  Happy Hiking!

This 9.7 mile section of the Appalachian Trail takes north bound thru hikers across the Potomac River on the Byron Memorial Footbridge from Harpers Ferry into Maryland.  This section also features a brief walk along the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, the spectacular views from Weverton Cliffs and the Ed Garvey Shelter.

Some call Maryland some of the easiest hiking along the AT and you may feel good as you enter Maryland across the Potomac as you start off with a pleasant walk along the C & O Canal.  After three miles of pleasant walking, reality will set in as the AT begins to climb South Mountain and a 1000+ foot elevation climb.  The AT will follow the ridgeline of South Mountain for much of the trail in Maryland. 

The Appalachian Trail near Keep Tryst Road

At 2.8 miles the AT leaves the C & O Canal and reaches Keep Tryst Road.  There is parking for about 12 cars here.  The GPS coordinates are N39 19.791 W77 40.917 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.  The trail goes under US 340 and soon reaches Weverton Road at 3.3 miles.  There is parking for nearly 30 cars at this very popular trailhead.  The GPS coordinates are N39 19.984 W77 40.987 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.  The parking area is just before where the trail crosses Weverton Road on a side road.

Now the trail starts to gain elevation as it climbs South Mountain.  At 4.2 miles there is a short side trail that leads to the views from Weverton Cliffs.  At 4.8 miles the trail begins to level as you have climbed to the ridgeline of South Mountain. 

The view from Weverton Cliffs

At 5.9 miles a side trail leads 0.1 miles east toward the Ed Garvey Shelter.  This shelter was built in 2001 and sleeps twelve.  There are tent sites to the north and south of the shelter.  Water is scarce, however you may find water at the end of a very steep 0.5 mile trail that is in front of the shelter.

Ed Garvey Shelter

From here its a pleasant, almost level walk along the ridgeline as the AT makes its way toward Gathland State Park.  There is no camping allowed in Gathland State Park.  At 9.6 miles the AT passes nearby to a large parking area for the park.  There is parking for nearly 60 cars here.  The GPS coordinates are N39 24.383 W77 38.318 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.

Gathland State Park is located on the former estate of George Alfred Townsend, who was a correspondent during the American Civil War and wrote under the pen name of Gath.  Several buildings remain on the grounds including the large stone monument dedicated to the memory of Civil War correspondents, which is the outstanding attraction of this day-use park.  The Appalachian Trail travels by the base of the monument and reaches Crampton Gap as well as Gapland Road at 9.7 miles.

War Correspondents Monument in Gathland State Park

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
Potomac River to Gathland State Park
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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