Appalachian Trail: South Mountain
ElevationAscent: 1,679' 512 m
Descent: -2,303' -702 m
High: 1,749' 533 m
Low: 374' 114 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)
Current trail conditions
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“The South Mountain portion of the Appalachian Trail - right near Harpers Ferry!”— Keith Rickett
In general, the trail is easy to follow from end to end. Just keep trucking south and enjoy it. You need at least 2 vehicles to leave at each end, or you're looking at a long out-and-back excursion.
The War Correspondents Arch is a National historic monument. Constructed in 1896, the monument stands fifty feet high and forty feet broad. The monument is administered and maintained by the National Park Service.
South Mountain State Battlefield:
Gathland State Park is located in Crampton's Gap, which witnessed a portion of the Battle of South Mountain, the first major battle of the Civil War fought in Maryland.