Summary: This is part 3 of 4 hikes that could be done as individual day hikes or strung together for a 4 day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail to complete the state of Maryland.
After departing Dahlgren's Backpacker Campground you will gently climb to an interesting historical marker for a battle in which Major General Reno was killed during the Battle of South Mountain. This area is Fox's Gap. Future President Rutherford B. Hayes was wounded here.
You will next begin the tough, steep, rocky climb up Lamb's Knoll, that last major up-hill push of the Maryland sections of the AT. After reaching the top, you will enjoy a very nice, gentle hike to Gathland, home of the Cival War era War Correspondents Memorial. Nice park with restrooms and soda vending.
Continue gentle hike for next several miles to Ed Garvey shelter, your destination for the night or push on an additional 3 miles and a steep descent to Weverton Road. Make sure you stop at Weverton Cliffs!
Trailhead: You can begin this hike at Turner's Gap. From the east take I-70 to US ALT 40 west. You will come upon Dahlgren's and the South Mountain Inn. You may park at the Inn if it isn't crowded and you have obtained manager permission. (Lat:39.5609 Lon:-77.5955)
Trail Guides for Appalachian Trail MD - Dahlgrens to Ed Garvey:
Appalachian Trail Guide to Maryland and Northern Virginia
by Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (Potomac Appalachian Trail Club)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (www.patc.net) 703-242-0693
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Talbert, who has posted 20 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by The Brit on 7/13/2007
Hiked the whole Maryland section of the AT on this trip. This section was actually quite easy, with the Lambs Knoll section not as bad as I expected. Water sources on this section quite unreliable - make sure you fill at Gathland. The Ed Garvey shelter is fine (pretty new), but the water source is down a really steep hill (.4 mile).
Reviewed by Jimbo on 10/7/2005
This hike is a great hike from north to south. I loved the solitude of the spine of South Mountain. A couple of great overlooks and Ed Garvey shelter is AMAZING (worth a hike just to see.) Through hikers already know about the shelter before they get there...it's the South Mountain HILTON. Dahlgrens backpacker campground has restroom and showers as well as picnic tables and tent pads. If you don't like to rough it, try the South Mountain Inn (i think)...trey swanky...at least for a backpacker.
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