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From the trailhead, go south along a forested ridgeline from the site of the first Maryland Civil War battle, Crampton Gap. At the 500-foot Weverton Cliffs, enjoy views of three states before switchbacking down to the foamy Potomac. Turn right (west) for the final three miles, which follow the river on the flat gravel C&O Canal Towpath to Harpers Ferry, the AT’s official midpoint and another important Civil War site.
Contact: Gathland State Park; dnr.state.md.us
-Info provided by Courtney Trusty
TO TRAILHEAD: Shuttle car: From Frederick, MD, drive west on US 340 W (toward Harper’s Ferry, WV). After crossing the South Fork Shenandoah River, turn right onto Union St. In .4 mile, turn right onto Washington St. In .3 mile, turn right onto McDowell St. Follow it .2 mile to roadside parking.
Start: From shuttle car, backtrack to US 340 E and follow it to the exit for MD 67 N (toward Boonsbore). In 5.7 miles, turn right onto Gapland Rd. In 1 mile, turn left onto Arnoldstown Rd. Go 400 feet to parking on the left.
- Distance: 16.8
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Begin at the trailhead, located at the intersection of Gapland Road and the end of Arnoldstown Road.
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Follow the trail as it turns east, and then south along a forested ridgeline from the site of the first Maryland Civil War battle, Crampton Gap.
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Reach a pipeline, and continue straight (south).
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Pass a blue-blazed trail, and look northwest for views of Elk Ridge.
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Pass the spur trail to Ed Garvey Shelter on left.
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The Ed Garvey Shelter is one of the AT’s nicest, with its glassed-in second story. Retrace your steps to HAR005, and then track south toward Weverton Cliffs.
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Follow blue blazes to the south for views above the Weverton Cliffs.
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At the 500-foot Weverton Cliffs, catch views of three states before switchbacking down to the foamy Potomac via HAR007.
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Arrive at Weverton Road after losing roughly 400 feet of elevation.
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Follow the AT as it turns southwest.
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Road-hike through the I-340 underpass.
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Reach Kepp Tryst Road and continue east.
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Pass over railroad tracks, and turn south toward the Potomac River.
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AT turns west to follow the flat gravel C&O Canal Towpath to Harpers Ferry, the AT’s official midpoint and another important Civil War site.
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Cross US 340 on the Sandy Hook Bridge, and follow the trail west.
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Cross a footbridge here.
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AT turns west.
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Reach a set of stone steps and continue heading east.
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Keep heading east toward the Harper Cemetery.
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Pass Jefferson Rock.
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Turn right on the blue-blazed trail to reach your shuttle car.