Annapolis Rock Hiker Campground and Trail

Annapolis Rock Hiker Campground and Trail — Located in South Mountain State Park, this 1-mile backcountry loop trail offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, and rock climbing. This camping area used to be known as the worst campground along the Appalachian Trail, but due to efforts of several groups, including the Department of Natural Resources, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Appalachian Trail Conference, and Virginia Tech; this area has been rejuvenated. The trail is a fine example of what can be accomplished through a diverse partnership.

photo: Photo contest nomination - Volunteer Trail Work. Photo by Ted Rabkin.

Length: 1.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Rock Climbing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: South Moutain State Park
State(s): Maryland
Counties: Washington
Longitude: -77.59877
Latitude: 39.55833

Driving Directions

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Prior to this project the Annapolis Rock Camping Area was worst backcountry camping area along the entire Applachian Trail. The extremely heavy use of this area and ease of accesibility resulted in serve compaction and destruction of flora and fauna. Due to the cooperation of several groups (including Potomac Applachian Trail Club, Appliachian Trail Conference, DNR, and Va. Tech) this area has under gone a remarkable transformation. We closed off heavy areas to foot traffic, we prohibited camp fires, and we installed state of the art composting toilets and established camp sites in areas that were more suitable. The area has shown a regeneration of vegetation. The visitors have indicated positive feedback. The composting toilets have been a great success and an unexpected benefit, campers are leaving clean camp sites.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 1,200
Elevation High Point: 1,600
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Lt. Dan Spedden
Department of Natural Resources
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
(301) 791-4656
[email protected]



Photo contest nomination - Volunteer Trail Work. Photo by Ted Rabkin.

Photo contest nomination - Volunteer Trail Work. Photo by Ted Rabkin.


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