• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1500 Feet

Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This is a short but challenging hike along the Appalachian Trail through Maryland to a beautiful cliffside overlook of the Potomac River.

The trailhead is located right off Weverton Cliff's Road in Knoxville, Maryland. Park at a Park and Ride on the right side of the road, then walk right out of the parking lot down Weverton Cliff's Road until you see the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail. Follow that trail for 1.5 miles along steep switchbacks and rocky paths to reach Weverton Cliffs. Along those 1.5 miles you come across one of the many camping areas of the AT. Follow the same path you went up back to your car, making this a 3 mile out-and-back trail.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Lunch
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Jacket
  • Cell Phone
  • Water
  • Tent if you desire to camp
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As someone who hikes little to never I found this hike just challenging enough but very doable for unfit people like myself. Very quick and well worth this uphill climb. The views were stunning. Don't forget your camera!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I loved this hike since it was good for my level as a beginner, challenging but short. I followed the 'hidden staircase' directions listed in another review and I found them to be 100% accurate in their instruction. If you take a right walking out of the parking lot you will see a yield sign to your right and the houses on the left. You should see the hidden staircase across the road, and the sign for the AT south. The white blazes will be obvious. You'll come across the sign for the cliffs about 1.2-1.5 miles north up the AT. I did this on a cloudy day and the view was still really awesome. Many friendly hikers and passersby on the weekend.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Park in the parking lot on the right side of the road, and you can access the AT behind the trees and head north a few hundred feet then cross the road, or walk up the road to the 3-way stop and the entrance will be right on the opposite side of the road. You take the AT north up the mountain, and you'll hit a fork where you go right to access the cliffs. Very steep incline over a pretty short distance, but well worth it for the views.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Beautiful view, definitely worth the hike up! Make sure you follow the Appalachian trail north and eventually you'll see the sign for the cliff. I admittedly did get lost for a good while and ended up at the bottom of the trail, water level 😅 if you park in the parking lot on your right, walk out of the parking lot, take a right, you'll be on a road and you'll eventually come to some houses. If you look straight ahead there are some white rocks, kind of leading a staircase up, just follow that all the way up! It was a little hard for me to see at first, so I hope this helps someone else not get lost.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Kristen May

Adventurer, hiker, and photographer. Planning my move to Salt Lake City to help further protect our public lands.

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