Appalachian Trail: Harpers Ferry to Pen Mar Road

Have no time to thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail? No worries. Tackle this 40.5-mile section hike through Maryland over the course of a long weekend.
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Have no time to thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail? No worries. Tackle this 40.5-mile section hike through Maryland over the course of a long weekend.

Shelters: Ed Garvey Shelter: sleeps 12; privy. Crampton Gap Shelter: sleeps 6; privy. Rocky Run Shelter: sleeps 4; privy. Pine Knob Shelter: sleeps 5; privy. Ensign Cowall Shelter: sleeps 8; privy. Devils Racecourse Shelter; sleeps 7.

TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From Washington Street and Union Street in Harpers Ferry, WV, head east on Washington Street for .2 mile to parking on street near Appalachian Trail Conservancy. To access AT, head south on blue-blazed trail along College Storer Place for .2 mile.
End: From Pen Mar, MD, head west on Pen Mar High Rock Rd. (toward Linden Ave.). In .1 mile, turn right at Pen-Mar Rd. In .2 mile, turn left at PA 550/Pen-Mar Rd. Go .1 mile to AT.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 65.1

Waypoints

HAR001

Location: 39.322876, -77.740379

Head east on Appalachian Trail. Blue-blaze trail on left leads .2 mile to Appalachian Trail Conservancy and roadside parking.

HAR002

Location: 39.32275, -77.732902

Pass Jefferson Rock

HAR003

Location: 39.322949, -77.73082

Trail to ATC

HAR004

Location: 39.323055, -77.730507

Stone steps; continue heading east.

HAR005

Location: 39.322834, -77.730164

AT turns west on High Street; parking

HAR006

Location: 39.323128, -77.728867

AT turns west

HAR007

Location: 39.323463, -77.728775

Cross footbridge

HAR008

Location: 39.324143, -77.726265

AT turns east after bridge walk.

HAR009

Location: 39.32568, -77.706314

Cross US 340; Sandy Hook Bridge

HAR010

Location: 39.325405, -77.701477

Blue-blazed trail leads to hostel.

HAR011

Location: 39.329273, -77.68148

AT turns west; C&O Canal Towpath.

HAR012

Location: 39.329872, -77.681526

Railroad

HAR013

Location: 39.329872, -77.682495

Kepp Tryst Road

HAR014

Location: 39.331486, -77.685165

I-340 underpass

HAR015

Location: 39.332916, -77.683182

AT turns east.

HAR016

Location: 39.332821, -77.68203

Weverton Road

HAR017

Location: 39.333374, -77.67646

Follow blue blazes to the south for views above the Weverton Cliffs.

HAR018

Location: 39.332176, -77.676598

Weverton Cliffs: Savor great views across the Potomac River, then return to Waypoint 17.

HAR019

Location: 39.360054, -77.662682

Pass spur trail to Ed Garvey Shelter on right.

HAR020

Location: 39.359821, -77.662033

Ed Garvey Shelter

HAR021

Location: 39.36655, -77.658859

Pass blue-blaze trail; view to the northwest

HAR022

Location: 39.382858, -77.649086

Continue straight; pipeline.

HAR023

Location: 39.404697, -77.640243

AT turns east.

HAR024

Location: 39.405823, -77.639603

Gapland Road

HAR025

Location: 39.4058, -77.63958

Gapland Road

HAR026

Location: 39.410816, -77.64032

Trail to Crampton Gap Shelter

HAR027

Location: 39.428566, -77.639183

Rocks to the E

HAR028

Location: 39.44445, -77.632835

Blue blaze trail to E; leads to Bear Spring Cabin (may be locked)

HAR029

Location: 39.4478, -77.627098

Side trail to W

HAR030

Location: 39.457333, -77.626404

Road to towers

HAR031

Location: 39.462872, -77.628922

Trail to shelter

HAR032

Location: 39.460968, -77.631119

Rocky Run Shelter

HAR033

Location: 39.464882, -77.624313

At turns W

HAR034

Location: 39.467335, -77.623848

Powerline

HAR035

Location: 39.469734, -77.618401

Terrain becomes open

HAR036

Location: 39.484215, -77.619415

Turners Gap; U.S. Alt. 40

HAR037

Location: 39.484417, -77.619347

Dahlgren Chapel

HAR038

Location: 39.484852, -77.618736

View to SE

HAR039

Location: 39.495983, -77.616402

Trail

HAR040

Location: 39.497833, -77.617386

Monument Rd

HAR041

Location: 39.497799, -77.619904

Road

HAR042

Location: 39.499283, -77.623367

Mt. Verno picnic pavilion to S

HAR043

Location: 39.501019, -77.622704

AT turns E @ jct. with trail to Washington Monument

HAR044

Location: 39.499985, -77.62365

Washington Monument

HAR045

Location: 39.504566, -77.620903

Powerline

HAR046

Location: 39.526932, -77.613167

Telephone line

HAR047

Location: 39.527817, -77.6129

Boonsboro Mtn. Rd

HAR048

Location: 39.529915, -77.61087

Bartram hill

HAR049

Location: 39.530567, -77.610016

Blue blaze trail W to Bartram hill

HAR050

Location: 39.534698, -77.608032

Boonsboro Mtn. Rd

HAR051

Location: 39.535049, -77.606186

I-70 footbridge

HAR052

Location: 39.535435, -77.6036

Parking; Greenbrier State Park

HAR053

Location: 39.537632, -77.604134

Trail to E

HAR054

Location: 39.539734, -77.603203

Telephone line

HAR055

Location: 39.540333, -77.602501

Trail to shelter

HAR056

Location: 39.540424, -77.60099

Trail to Pine Knob Shelter

HAR057

Location: 39.540054, -77.600525

Blue blaze E

HAR058

Location: 39.559551, -77.595535

Blue blaze trail W to Annapolis Rock

HAR059

Location: 39.572601, -77.596497

Black Rock view

HAR060

Location: 39.57695, -77.588654

Pogo Memorial Campsite

HAR061

Location: 39.577282, -77.588753

Blue Blaze Thurston Griggs Trail to spring; 300 ft.

HAR062

Location: 39.577965, -77.58857

Trail to Pogo Memorial Campsite

HAR063

Location: 39.578934, -77.5886

Trail to W

HAR064

Location: 39.584999, -77.582748

Trail to E

HAR065

Location: 39.588531, -77.581314

Trail to W

HAR066

Location: 39.615658, -77.572563

Spur trail to the E leads to views

HAR067

Location: 39.627701, -77.565964

Rocky top

HAR068

Location: 39.628017, -77.564903

Rocky Descent

HAR069

Location: 39.630001, -77.558937

MD 17; parking

HAR070

Location: 39.630051, -77.558701

Blue blaze trail to the E; parking

HAR071

Location: 39.629749, -77.557549

AT continues straight @ jct. with trail to spring

HAR072

Location: 39.630615, -77.555847

Trail to shelter

HAR073

Location: 39.630882, -77.555931

Ensign Cowall Shelter

HAR074

Location: 39.630516, -77.551964

Caution: Loose rock

HAR075

Location: 39.6371, -77.541214

MD 77

HAR076

Location: 39.647785, -77.539268

Rock wall

HAR077

Location: 39.648033, -77.539314

Rock stairs

HAR078

Location: 39.648716, -77.540436

AT turns W

HAR079

Location: 39.650749, -77.542198

AT turns W

HAR080

Location: 39.656315, -77.538666

AT turns E; Warner Gap Hollow Rd

HAR081

Location: 39.664551, -77.536209

PA 491 and Raven Rock Road

HAR082

Location: 39.664799, -77.533234

Blue blaze to Raven Rock Cliff view

HAR083

Location: 39.673275, -77.528343

Trail to shelter

HAR084

Location: 39.671982, -77.524483

Devils Racecourse Shelter

HAR085

Location: 39.693783, -77.522003

High Rock Trail

HAR086

Location: 39.693516, -77.523582

Blue blaze trail to High Rocks view; 2 mi. long

HAR087

Location: 39.717335, -77.508682

View Pen Mar Park

HAR088

Location: 39.71973, -77.507187

Near PA/MD state border; cross rail road

HAR089

Location: 39.720978, -77.507004

Pen Mar Road

Views of the Potomac River

Location: 39.332184, -77.676537

The Potomac River

Location: 39.33218, -77.676529

The Potomac River flows through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Ed Garvey Shelter

Location: 39.359867, -77.662033

Gathland State Park

Location: 39.405693, -77.639732

I-70 Footbridge

Location: 39.535069, -77.605965

Sunset at Pen Mar

Location: 39.717281, -77.50872