Appalachian Trail Section Hike Across Maryland (H.A.M. Part 4 of 4)
A Moderate 10.2 Mile Hike from Crampton's Gap to Harpers Ferry!
Get off your rear and get it in gear and join us for the final leg of our AT section hike across Maryland, otherwise known as the H.A.M.!
The 9.8-mile stretch of Appalachian Trail leading from Crampton's Gap to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is one of the most popular and rewarding AT day hikes in this region, with good reason. It features a secluded forest ridgetop, an exhilarating vista pitching straight down into the Potomac River, and the historic Chesapeake and Ohio (C and O) Canal Towpath. Crossing the Potomac from Maryland into West Virginia, we pass from the Northern states into the Southern, from the Union into the Confederacy, from one culture and climate into another. We will hike the trail from north to south so the hiking is fairly easy with minimal climbing but note the distance.
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Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. A large, stone monument dedicated to war correspondents is an outstanding attraction at this park and is right near the start of our hike. The Appalachian Trail where we will be hiking traverses the park and goes right by the base of this famous archway. Maryland has a total of 37.5 miles of the AT hiking trail. The park includes all of Crampton's Gap, which was the southern most gap fought over during the battle of South Mountain. Fought September 14,1862, it was the first major battle of the Civil War fought in Maryland.
Dates of Our Appalachian Trail Section Hike Across Maryland (H.A.M.) A Four Part Series of AT Section Hikes!
H.A.M. Part 1 of 4: January 12th- Pine Knob to Pen Mar County (Click Here to RSVP Now)
H.A.M. Part 2 of 4: January 26th! - Wolfsville Rd to 70 (Click Here to RSVP Now)
H.A.M. Part 3 of 4: February 2nd- Crampton Gap, Fox Gap,Turners Gap (Click Here to RSVP Now)
H.A.M. Part 4 of 4: Todays Hike- Cramptons Gap to Harpers Ferry
Nearby City: Burkittsville, MD
Length: 10.2 total miles
Trail Type: Point-to-Point (we will have shuttle service)
Skill Level: Moderate due to the length of the hike
Duration: Varies according to the pace of the group you are with. It usually varies between about 3 and 6 hours including time to enjoy the views. If you have a time you need to be off the trail then please contact the hike leader to discuss it so we can help you make an informed decision.
Natural History Features:South Mountain; Civil War Correspondents Memorial, Weverton Cliffs; Potomac River.
Social History Features:George Alfred Townsend's Gathland Estate; Crampton Gap Civil War Fattlefield; Glenn R. Caveney plaque; C&O Canal; Goodloe Byron plaque and footbridge; and of course, Harpers Ferry.
Trailhead Elev: 900 feet
Top Elev: 1100 feet
We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leader/sweep team for a more enjoyable experience for all of us and is better for the environment. Large groups really take away from the hiking experience for everyone on the trail and not just our group. For this particular hike you have 2 to choose from so you can hike with others of a similar pace. Paces should be based on your preference but also please know your limitations.
Pace Option 1: A slower side of moderate pace but NOT a stroll as we will keep moving, which is great for those who want to soak up the nature and will be about 2.0mph and a great option for those who like to take a lot of pictures.
Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5mph-3.0 which is a little faster than the pace of an average hiker.
PLEASE put your pace preferences in your RSVP!
We hike rain or shine!
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There are 3 carpools for this hike!
To carpool from the Baltimore area, you can arrange to meet people at Savage Station . Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
To carpool from the Annapolis area, meetup at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click here for Annapolis carpool .
To carpool from the Metro DC Area, meetup at the Centreville Park & Ride. Click here for information.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations such as the DC area, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
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Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage is 8:30 a.m.
Annapolis Carpool Time is 8:15 a.m.
Centerville (D.C.) Carpool Time is 8:30 a.m.
Gear Suggestions and Information
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Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have a guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Let's have good times and see you on the trail!
Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
Be sure to take the hike leaders numbers with you just in case!