Hikes: Maryland


Hike Name Crampton Gap, Gathland State Park
Closest Town Burkittsville, MD/ Frederick County
Difficulty Level** Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain  
Distance .5 miles to 5 + miles round trip (Choose how far you'd like to hike)
Features Historical buildings, monument, picnic area
Description Crampton Gap has a number of interesting diversions in addition to a gentle section of the A.T.  It boasts the only memorial to war correspondants, a number of civil war memorials, and a collection of buildings designed and constructed by George Alfred Townsend, a civil war correspondant.  While a short stroll on the A.T. across the field to the north of the gap is lovely, it is possible to take an extended hike on the A.T. to the south of the gap.  If you park in the upper parking lot, you make a gentle steady ascent (about 0.2 miles) before reaching a level trail that extends almost all the way to the Ed Garvey Shelter, 4 miles to the south. Walk as far as is comfortable, then retract your steps.
Directions From the west on US Alt 40, take MD 67 south 7 miles to Gapland Road.(MD 572). Go left (east) on Gapland 1 mile to Gathland State Park in Crampton Gap. The most prominent feature in the park is a stone arch at the intersection of Gapland Road and Arnoldtown Road. Alternatively from the east on US 40A, take MD 17 south from Middletown for 6 miles . Turn right (west) onto Gapland Road (AKA W. Main St.) in the small town of Burkittsville and go about a mile to the park.  From the west on US 340, take MD 67 north 5 miles to Gapland Road. Go right and proceed as above. Alternatively from the east on US 340 follow MD 17 north about 4.5 miles to Burkittsville Go left on W. Main St. which becomes Gapland Road. Go about a mile to the park.

 

Hike Name Washington Monument 
Closest Town Burkittsville, MD/Frederick County
Difficulty Level** Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain  
Distance 0.4+ (You can choose how far you'd like to walk)
Features Historical monument, picnic area
Description Washington Monument State Park in Maryland contains the first monument to George in the country.  The trail from the parking lot is graded gravel with logs crossing the path in several places to minimize erosion.  After a gentle but steady uphill section (less than 0.1 mile) the A.T. turns right down the hill and a side trail leads in about 500 feet to the monument.  To reach the top of the monument requires climbing a few dozen steps This area is part of the Atlantic flyway and migrating hawks can be seen at certain times of the year. Retrace your steps back to the parking area, or continue further down the A.T. for a while before retracing your steps.
Directions Rour miles east of Boonsboro and 1 1/2 miles north of Alternate Route 40 on Monument Road.  The trail is accessible but not the monument tower.