One is a series of nine hikes along the Appalachian Trail across Maryland. This 8.8 mile moderate hike begins at a small parking lot on I-40 outside of Myersville and heads north to Pogo Campground. Passing Annapolis Rock and Black Rock overlooks, spectacular valley views are seen. Total elevation gain of 1,600′ with the longest climb of 500′ over .9 miles.
DIRECTIONS TO HIKE SITE: Taking I-70 West, past Frederick to Exit 42 – Myersville. Head north on Maryland 17, turning right in town to continue on MD-17. Turn left at the light onto I-40. Continue for 3.4 miles. Parking lot is located on the left at the top of the hill before I-40 crosses over I-70.
HIKE DESCRIPTION: Starting at the parking lot, head down to access the Appalachian Trail. At this point, turn right to head north. Sign indicating Annapolis Rocks. This is an out-and-back hike that offers spectacular views of Greenbriar State Park. Passing Pine Knob shelter (1 mile), Annapolis Rock Overlook (2.2 miles), and Black Rock Overlook, lunch at Pogo Campground before returning. This is a moderate hike that offers one significant slow and steady climb on a partially rocky trail. The remainder is pleasant with one stream crossing close to Pogo Campground.
Bring plenty of water and lunch on this 4-5 hour hike. Hiking poles not necessary, but bring along if you prefer. Don't forget your camera on pretty days for the overlooks.
The trail itself was rather boring and lacking scenery that we were hoping for, for about 2 miles we had to go through loads of rocks(be aware of loads of lose rocks) and it was a bit challenging continuously go up till the very top. The trail is going through a very quiet sort of plain yet peaceful area of woods. Not much of animal life BUT as soon as we have reached the top and finally climbed onto the Annapolis Rocks the view has taken our breaths away! This is the most amazing view I have ever seen, we took over hundred pictures along the rocks side that stretches around a valley, it had a lake and the views were absolutely magnificent and worth every calorie that we lost on the way to it. My advice: be patient, the trail of about 2 miles is not too fun and even kind of creepy at times yet the top of Annapolis rocks was like a dream come true. Its a must see! I would not recommend go there with children, it was challanging and a bit risky at times, I doubt its safe for dogs either. Be ready to sweat as you go up but be ready to be impressed at the end :) Visited on Apr 16, 2013