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Welcome to Maryland

You can begin or end your hike at hundreds of places between the Appalachian Trail's northern and southern ends. Here's what to expect in Maryland.  

 
41 MILES
 
A.T. Miles in State
 
​RATING: 1-6
 
Easy to Moderate
 
230'-1880'
 
Elevation Range in Feet

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The Appalachian Trail in Maryland passes several historic sites, offers some of the Trail's gentlest terrain, and features several lovely vistas.
Only 41 miles from top to bottom, the A.T. is this state is home to the original Washington Monument and the only war correspondents monument in the United States. There are many good access points for day-hikes to overlooks, with a string of state and county parks along its length offering parking and various amenities. The southernmost three miles follow the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath along the Potomac River--the flattest three miles of the entire A.T. The whole state can be hiked in three to five days. Considered relatively easy by A.T. standards, Maryland is a good place to find out if you're ready for more rugged parts of the Trail.

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Camping is allowed only in designated overnight sites.
The best times for hiking in Maryland are mid-April through mid-May (Memorial Day weekend is usually crowded) or late September through early November. Summer heat and humidity can occasionally be oppressive.

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