Hike the entire very strenuous Maryland Section of the Appalachian Trail
in one day during the 3rd Annual MAHG 41 AT Trail Challenge!
People from across the globe are drawn to the AT for a variety of reasons; several are exemplary examples of the MAHG charity's mission: to reconnect with nature, to escape the stress of city life, to meet new people or deepen old friendships. Additional reasons people are often drawn to hike the trail are to experience a simpler life.
"The trail was completed in 1937 and is a unit of the National Park System. The AT is managed under a unique partnership between the public and private sectors that includes, among others, the National Park Service (NPS), the USDA Forest Service (USFS), an array of state agencies, the Appalachian Trail
Conservancy, and 31 local trail-maintaining clubs." -Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Spring — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
This hike starts in the North at Pen Mar County Park, the town straddling the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and ends at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, just across the Maryland State line. As a whole, the hike, while lengthy, is rolling hills and features no lengthy inclines. The hikes total elevation gain is 5,288 feet.
Nearby City: Penn-Mar
Length: 41 total miles
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Supported Ultra Hike
Natural History Feature: Rolling hills, woods
Trailhead Elev: 1300 feet
Top Elev: 1800 feet
Facilities: There are AT shelters (with privies) and sources of water along the way.