Rumor has it that this trip is a secret gem out in western Maryland, so we're going to find out!
Carrie P and I have been chatting about this one, so I figured I might as well get it planned out. From Grosvenor Metro Station (not Vienna)--where we'll meet up at 8am Friday morning--we'll roll out and drive this route. We should reach the visitors center about 10am or so. Once we have our back country permits issued ($10 per night for up to six people, $1 per person per night additional above six), we'll start walking for the long weekend.
With our cars parked at the visitors center, we'll hike south on the Deep Run / Big Run Trail (7 miles), then along the Log Roll Trail (4.5 miles). After that, we'll have a long stretch of C&O Canal (17-ish miles) before taking the Long Pond Trail (about 9 miles). The brochure says that this loop is about 42 miles, but I'm not getting quite that.
At that point, if we've covered this ground fast, we *could* add on a 6-mile out and back to the PA State Line. This could be an option, as it would get us to about 50 miles. People wouldn't have to do it if they were tired, but it would license you to say that you walked across Maryland in a weekend, twice. I don't see any options but for walking this trail out and back.
So, the splits for the 40-ish mile trip might be 11.5 / 17.5 / 9 ... The 50-ish mile trip might be 17.5 / 21 / 11. Those miles on the C&O Canal are going to go really fast. I'll keep working on these splits. Let me know if you have preferences.
There are an abundance of places for us to camp, including Adirondacks shelters, established campgrounds, and backcountry sites.
If you want to order maps, the one I'm using is here. Might also check out the C&O Canal information, as it plays a part in this.
I'm excited to be doing this trip, as I don't think it is walked all that often.