The Appalachian Trail! Cramptons Gap to Harpers Ferry! A 10 Mile Moderate Hike

  • March 30, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Start Spring Off On the Right Track - The Appalachian Trail!

An Easy Side of Moderate 10 Mile Hike from Crampton's Gap to Harpers Ferry!

Get off your rear and get it in gear (Hey, I actually rhymed there for a minute!)

For those of you who really prefer to stick very close to home...if you make a trip for ONE hike this year, this is it!!!! If you have always wanted to experience a hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT)... this is a perfect taste of what it is all about and we will have four paces offered today between the smaller groups.

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.

Click Here for photos from a recent trip!

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.

Trail Information

Nearby City:Burkittsville, MD
Length: 10.2 total miles
Trail Type: Point-to-Point (we will have shuttle service)
Skill Level: Moderate ONLY due to the length of the hike, otherwise an easy 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 as to if this is a good hike choice for you today. This is not a hike to be rushed.
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 Battlefield; 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

Hike Pace

Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5mph-3.0mph and the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. (most common pace).

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine! Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.

Carpool Information

There are 3 carpools for this hike!

Baltimore Area
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.

Annapolis Area

To carpool from the Annapolis area, meetup at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click here for Annapolis carpool .

DC Area

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

Click Here for Directions to Where we Meetup for this Hike.

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 Click here for suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.

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 at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which helps 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.

Please note that our holiday weekend hikes are not refundable due to too many people backing out of the at the last minute before the refund cut-off and keeping others from being able to go. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout and our leaders not offer to lead a hike on their holiday weekend and day in vain...or they might be burned enough that they will no longer offer to lead them. Since we have made holiday hikes non-refundable it has boosted attendance rate significantly and often have perfect attendance, yay! Please note that our refund policy is always listed just beneath the price, and you are required to check a box that you agree to it before you can pay, so I put it in three places to avoid any issues. Thanks so much for your understanding and have a great time.

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!

Jim: [masked]

Barb: [masked]

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  • Enas

    Perfect hike in a perfect day. Jim and barb were marvelous. Abe thanks a million for sharing your treats :)

    5 · March 30, 2013

    • Rosie

      Thanks Jim!

      March 30, 2013

    • Rosie

      And thanks Mike for all you did to get Mary to the hospital!

      March 31, 2013

  • Fatima

    I'm happy to take up to 2 people along, (and share gas costs) if they can meet me at the Ballston metro at 8:30. Please email me if interested. Thx!

    March 27, 2013

    • Fatima

      Deep, sorry I just got your reply. I can pick you up at the Ballston metro at 8:30 if you get this in time and if you are still interested. Please leave your cell phone # so I can coordinate with you. I will be checking my email early Saturday morning. Thanks!

      March 30, 2013

    • Fatima

      Abe, thanks so much for the offer. I decided to drive up there, so perhaps I can join you next time if we happen to be going on the same hike. See you there!

      March 30, 2013

  • Kellie Carlisle

    How to Move from the Wait list to a “Yes” - If you are on the wait list, you will get an e-mail as slots become available. It is a “first come first serve” system for available slots. Slots are open to everyone, whether on the wait list or not. However, being on the wait list will make certain that you are notified when open slots become available as well as letting me know to look for another leader if the trails (and parking) can accommodate it and still comply with our Leave No Trace pledge. Click the following link for how to get off the wait list and RSVP “yes”,­ Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance as that is what I am here for.

    March 29, 2013

  • Connie

    Up too late tonight!

    March 29, 2013

  • Ian

    Pace 2, please!

    March 29, 2013

  • Zakya

    I would appreciate it if someone could provide me a ride. I live in DC happy to share gas costs.

    March 26, 2013

    • Enas

      Hi Anna, I sent you an email, would you please let me know if you still have space

      March 29, 2013

    • Zakya

      Hi Anna, I sent you an email...

      March 29, 2013

  • Enas

    Looking for a ride :) I'm in silver spring/wheaton. Thank you all.

    March 29, 2013

  • Bob

    More spots please!

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Mark H

      Personally I have found chocolate is a pretty good means to bribe/impress some people :)

      1 · March 28, 2013

    • Enas

      Amen :) but since you're not going I have to fend for myself, fine!

      March 28, 2013

  • Christian

    Pace Option 2

    March 27, 2013

  • Zakya

    Looking for a ride, I am in DC -Van Ness . Can meet at any metro station along the red line.

    March 25, 2013

  • Connie

    Pace 3

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We'd really love to do this one...hoping more spots open up!

    March 25, 2013

  • Barbara

    Pace 2 and I'm on the waiting list.

    March 25, 2013

  • Rosie

    I definitely need to, as stated above, get off my rear and get in gear because I had a napolean for desert...oh, yeah, and 2 key lime tartlets and a chocolate dipped coconut macaroon. Let me stop here. :)

    March 24, 2013

  • Carla Trump

    I need two spots;-(

    March 24, 2013

  • Carla Trump

    Or, if not... maybe another Sat.? Soon!

    March 17, 2013

  • Carla Trump

    I agree with Mark... or two, or three~

    March 17, 2013

  • Mark H

    Hi, Any chance we can get another hike leader for this one and add some slots ?

    3 · March 13, 2013

  • Joni Plant

    pace 2

    March 11, 2013

  • Susan

    pace 2 if I get in

    March 10, 2013

  • Carla Trump

    Got it- easiest pace~ for both of us

    March 10, 2013

  • Carrie

    I would hike at pace option 2

    March 10, 2013

  • Carla Trump

    I tried to sign up with a guest, for the waitlist, and it seems to not be recording it;-(

    March 9, 2013

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