Annapolis Rock/ Black Rock dayhike

  • April 26, 2014 · 10:00 AM

A nice, moderate/ strenous walk to welcome the =-hopefully-- coming of spring.   Cross-posting this ith the Maryland Outdoor Club.

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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.







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  • Dianne B.

    Good hike and easy to get to trail head.

    April 27, 2014

  • Dianne B.

    Great day and hike. Really enjoyed meeting everyone. Thanks Dominic!

    April 27, 2014

  • Saskia Grettel H.

    Really enjoyed, hope to do it again. Thanks for having us =)

    April 26, 2014

  • AnonYmouse

    Great hike Dom! Many thanks m8!

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Should be at pnr @ 9

    April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is getting to be a nice size hike with 32 from this group. How many more are joining from the cross posted group? Might have to break the platoon into a few squads. :-)

    April 22, 2014

    • Dominic F.

      So far....four. It'll mostly be us.

      1 · April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you at [masked], [masked]
    At 10 am

    April 24, 2014

  • Chris R.

    I would like to carpool. I can meet at the Security Blvd Park and Ride. We should leave about 9am. Please respond to let me know to expect you. I have a Silver Subaru Outback and can carry 3.

    1 · April 15, 2014

    • Ron

      For all those driving, have the destination address/location/directi­ons been posted yet?

      April 23, 2014

    • Chris R.

      There is a link to Hiking Upward in the description above. It has directions to the trailhead and a google maps link.

      April 23, 2014

  • TINA W

    I have to bail out of this one, due to an Iron Master's Challenge on Sunday. Not trying to kill myself too soon;)

    April 22, 2014

  • Dominic F.

    Moved this to late April. Hopefully the weather willm cooperate then.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Sherrill G.

    I am bowing out as well today.I really wanted to do this hike; but maybe another time when there is less liquid sunshine!

    March 30, 2014

  • Chris

    I have the same question as Dianne. Normally, I'm no wimp, but the walk I just took with my dog right was one of the least pleasant I've had in a while - very heavy rain! I may wait and see what it's like tomorrow before heading out. Sorry if we don't end up going …

    March 29, 2014

  • Dianne B.

    Hi All, are we going rain or shine? The weather is not looking favorable.

    March 28, 2014

  • Julie O.

    Hi Dominic, the link you gave has this gps location for the parking lot that will work for directions if you plug into google maps. [masked], [masked]

    1 · March 8, 2014

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