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AT: Annapolis Rocks and Black Rock

Intermediate

Trail

8.0 mile 12.9 kilometer out and back
93% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 932' 284 m
Descent: -932' -284 m
High: 1,850' 564 m
Low: 1,226' 374 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Chris Kroehler

A well-marked section of the Appalachian Trail AT that has two great views.

Chris Kroehler

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Parking at the lot on Route 40, this run takes the AT north up to Annapolis Rocks and then Black Rock. If you only go to Annapolis Rocks it would be a 5 mile out-and-back.

Runner Notes

There are numerous sections of trail with rock gardens that make footing precarious, especially on the final mile downhill section prior to reaching I70 highway.

Description

From the parking lot, follow the sign for Appalachian Trail (AT) and head towards Annapolis Rocks. This is a great trail for hiking, fastpacking, or trail running. Depending on your speed this round-trip run can take you between 2-4 hours. This trail offers a lot to the day hiker or trail runner. It can be very busy with foot traffic during the warm weather months and on weekends. It is especially busy between the starting point at Rt. 40 and Annapolis Rocks Viewpoint Spur. However, in my experience, once you continue past this location on towards Black Rock Veiwpoint Spur there is significantly less foot traffic. Additionally, if you continue to Black Rock Veiwpoint Spur there is a good chance you'll see someone slack lining at this location. Both of these viewpoints are well marked with signs on the trees.

Flora & Fauna

Running this trail at different seasons will provide a completely different flora and fauna experience. When I did this trail in August, the forest floor was covered in green ferns vs. later during the same run in October the ferns had wilted and the ground cover was brown and leafy. Surprisingly, I haven't seen any deer along this path but did see a harmless garter snake right near the entrance at Rt. 70.

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Jul 4, 2019
John Seabreeze
Sep 4, 2017
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Aug 24, 2017
Miguel Forero
Great views, rocky trails 5mi

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The overlook at Annapolis Rock.
Oct 28, 2015 near Myersville, MD
The trail is overall good for a mix of running and hiking.
Oct 28, 2015 near Myersville, MD
Annapolis Rocks View
Jul 14, 2018 near Myersville, MD
Annapolis Rock/Black Rock Cliffs Hike, MD
Sep 8, 2018 near Myersville, MD
I made it to the top of the Annapolis Rock and it was worth it.
Jul 17, 2018 near Myersville, MD
Going higher on Annapolis Rocks
Jul 17, 2018 near Myersville, MD

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