A nice, moderate/ strenous walk to welcome the =-hopefully-- coming of spring. Cross-posting this ith the Maryland Outdoor Club.
8 miles, RT, plan on about 4 hrs total time. About 900 feet worth of elevation change. Boots are always highly recommended.
The Annapolis Rock/Black Rock Cliff hike on the Appalachian Trail, is one of the most popular in Maryland, and for good reason. The views from both lookouts are spectacular on a clear day. From Annapolis Rock the vista is to the southeast and Greenbrier Lake, and from Black Rock Cliff a 180 degree panorama west.
Annapolis Rock is also a popular camping area, with a campground of 16 sites including 2 group sites. A campground caretaker is also on-site during the warmer months, and helps monitor the area and provide information to hikers. The Annapolis Rock Campground is a non-fee first come-first-serve location.
Annapolis Rock is not only a popular location for hikers, but also a favorite spot for rock climbers. Black Rock Cliff, 1.0 miles further north on the Appalachian Trail is the favorite of the two overlooks with many local hikers for its panoramic views and less traffic.
Leashed/behaving dogs are welcome.
Lunch afterwards is always an option as well...
...stolen from "hikingupward.com" http://www.hikingupward.com/OMH/AnnapolisRockBlackRockCliff/ offers full details, and a link to a Googlemaps mapper to the trailhead. There is no address to map the trailhead to- it's a small parking lot on the left (heading west) side of US rte 40.
For those carpooling, the I-70/ Bmore beltway park and ride lot is generally conveninet, since you'll be heading west on I-70.
The dogs and I'll meet you at the trailhead.