Camping/Kayaking Weekend: Rocky Gap State Park is located in Western Maryland’s Allegany County. The park encompasses over 3,000 acres of public land for visitors to enjoy. Rugged mountains surround the park, featuring 243-acre Lake Habeeb. The lake is fed by Rocky Gap Run, which winds its way through an impressive mile-long gorge, displaying sheer cliffs, overlooks and a hemlock forest dense with rhododendron and mountain laurel. Overlooking the lake is Evitt’s Mountain, named for one of the first European settlers in Allegany County.
FOR THOSE WISHING TO CAMP FRIDAY/SATURDAY
Friday: Campground Arrival 3:00 PM earliest. About a 2 hr drive from Columbia, MD.
I'm in Ash Loop, #12. Campsites available. Please group together and make reservations.
Kayaking around Lake Habeeb, 9.5 mile shoreline. Rentals available at the campground. Play in the water. Campfire in the evening.
Sunday: Break off into groups for a) kayaking on the lake or b) A magnificent view of the one mile long gorge is the gift hikers will get when they reach the overlook on the one-quarter mile longCanyon Overlook Trail. This trail offers visitors a short but scenic hike.
“Rock hop” down into the canyon on the challenging five-mile long Evitt’s Homesite Trail and find yourself surrounded by hemlock, mountain laurel and rhododendron. Cross the small cascading stream on the footbridge and begin to climb Evitt’s Mountain, named for one of Allegany County’s first European settlers. This is an ambitious trail that climbs about 1,000 feet in elevation in 2.5 miles (5 miles round-trip). Plan to take water and a camera and spend a couple of hours hiking to the top of the mountain. This trail offers a great hike for those willing to take the challenge.
The one-quarter mile long Touch of Nature Trail offers hikers of all ability levels a paved trail. Benches line the hemlock-edged path that leads to the fishing dock and connects with the Lakeside Loop Trail.
Campsite Checkout 1:00 PM