Appalachian Trail Section Hike! Crampton Gap, Fox Gap, Turners Gap, — Featuring the Original Washington Monument! A Moderate 12 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal
On a warm, sunny Sunday in 1862, a force of 9000 Rebels used the ramparts of South Mountain as a natural fort from which to stage a delaying action against 30,000 Yankee soldiers. Although they lost the mountain, they won the day, saving General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia from almost certain destruction. This AT hike passes through the three mountain gaps over which this bloody battle raged.
As a special bonus, the trail takes us past the original Washington Monument, and you can climb to the top for a great view and fantastic photo opportunities!
The hike crosses easy terrain and makes for a long, yet easy hike of 12.2 miles from Crampton Gap to our end point.
This is simply a perfect transition hike for those interested in increasing your endurance and mileage! While this hike is a respectful 12 miles, it is on mostly flat terrain in addition to being all in the shade. Thanks to an outstanding vista and a couple of interesting historical features, such as the original Washington Monument (great views from the top) and the infamous church where part of The Blair Witch Project was filmed, there will be some time to rest a bit while you take in the sights. I highly encourage anyone who has comfortably hiked at least 7 miles within the past two months; to use this to transition to longer hikes if that is of interest to you. It doesn’t hurt to have your fellow hikers to converse with along the way either-grin.
Nearby City: Burkittsville
Length: 12 total miles
Route: From I-70 to Crampton Gap through Fox Gap and Turners Gap
Trail Type: Point-to-Point with Shuttle Service
Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate due the mileage. Otherwise, this would be rated as an easy hike.
Elevation: +/-: 923 to 1740 to 1250 ft
Natural History Feature: White Rocks Vista on Lambs Knoll
Social History Features: South Mt. Battlefield sites at Crampton Gap, Fox Gap, and Turner Gap; Old South Mt. Inn (Click Here for restaurant information because this is a location where we sometimes enjoy our post-hike meals because it is unique that our hike literally passes right by its location); and the beautiful and intriguing Dahlgren Chapel.
Trail Notes for Leaders
There is no park fee for this hike.
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We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about[masked] mph (pace of an average hiker).
Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Security Blvd. I-70 Park and Ride
To carpool or caravan from the metro Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at the I-70 Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Security Boulevard I-70 Park and Ride location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information.
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 Meet for this Hike
Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:30 a.m.
Carpool Time from Franklintown — 8:30 a.m.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) values fellowship, camaraderie and practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. As a member-focused and mission-driven charitable organization, our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as hike leaders for MAHG's leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper”, to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. Our volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, and always focus on safety, all while enjoying excellent camaraderie, the many health benefits of hiking, and unplugging from the stress of day to day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of our core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s mission. All MAHG events serve as micro-fundraisers to help support our mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, and donations are tax deductible.
A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let's have a good time out on the trail and see you there!
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