South Mountain

Top Adventures in South Mountain

  • Climb at Schaffer Rocks

    Schaffer Rocks is a great little crag located in South Central Pennsylvania in Michaux State Forest. It is primarily a top roping location with routes ranging from 5.3-5.11. Building anchors is easy at this crag because you approach the crag from ...

  • Hike to High Rock on the Appalachian Trail

    Start your hike where the AT crosses Raven Rock Road (Maryland Route 491). This crossing is well-marked from both sides by large, yellow signs and blazed stakes. You will need to park on the side of the road, but the shoulder is wide and can accom...

    6 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike to Devil's Racecourse on the Appalachian Trail

    Start your hike where the AT crosses Raven Rock Road (Maryland Route 491). This crossing is well-marked from both sides by large, yellow signs and blazed stakes. You will need to park on the side of the road, but the shoulder is wide and can accom...

    3 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Camp at the Adirondack Shelters in Catoctin Mountain Park

    For outdoor enthusiasts, Maryland is an ideal place to live. Between the mountains and the Bay--and the rivers, bike paths, and trails along the way--we couldn't ask for much more. But if we were feeling greedy, we would probably ask for additiona...

    4 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Hike the Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail

    Park at the Cotoctin Mountain Visitor's Center off of Foxville road (see map) to access the trail. Trail is accessible March-November and is dog-friendly. 

    8.58 miles 1696 ft gain

  • Hike Catoctin Mountain

    Park at Catoctin Mountain Visitor Center. The hike starts at the end of the gravel parking lot across from the visitor center. This is definitely a popular hiking location, so come early on the weekends to guarantee a parking spot and to avoid the...

    8.4 miles 1370 ft gain

  • Hike Chimney Rock at Catoctin Mountain Park

    Chimney Rock is the quintessential breathtaking view that makes a hike worthwhile. By parking at the most northeast parking lot on the trail map you are able to include the sweeping views of Thurmont Vista, and Wolf Rock on your way to Chimney Roc...

    5 miles 600 ft gain

  • Hike to Cunningham Falls

    This 78-foot waterfall, among the largest in the state, is easily accessible by two short trails. Lower Trail (0.5 miles) leads directly to the falls, whereas Cliff Trail (0.75 miles) has slightly more difficult terrain and takes you to a viewing ...

    2.8 miles

  • Hike the Cunningham Falls Lower Trail

    Park in the Cunningham Falls parking lot off William Houck Drive. Just a short way away is the trailhead (see map). The trail is well-defined. The 1.2 mile loop is great for families and is dog-friendly. 

    1.2 miles 226 ft gain

  • Hike the Old Misery Trail to Cat Rock

    The best place to park is on Catoctin Hollow Road in the parking lot that's on the same side of the road as the lake. It's not a huge lot but we were here mid-summer around 10am and found a spot easily. The trail head is on the other side of the s...

    4.5 miles 500 ft gain

  • Camp at Tom's Run Shelter

    Starting from the small parking area on Bunkerhill Rd, head north (turn right) onto Michaux Rd. After about 1/3 of a mile you will reach the Appalachian Trail where you will want to head west (turn left).This will lead you on a leisurely hike thro...

    3 miles 85 ft gain

  • Hike to Sunset Rocks in Michaux State Forest

    Sunset Rocks is a scenic two-mile spur off the Appalachian Trail in southern Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest. If you hike it as a loop--incorporating 6 miles of the AT into the circuit--you can visit some of the AT's most notable landmarks in ...

    8.3 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Fairfield, Pennsylvania

      Paw Paw Mountain Hideaway

      Serene campsite with beautiful wildlife, rock formations, natural springs and amazing forest! Bring your own tent and camping gear. The nearest town is downtown Fairfield, PA, and it is 5 miles aw...

      From $40/night

    • Fairfield, Pennsylvania

      Mountain Hideaway

      Serene campsite with beautiful wildlife, rock formations, natural springs and amazing forest! Have a wonderful rest while here, and truly enjoy the camping experience! The nearest town is downtown...

      From $123/night

    • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

      Gettysburg / Battlefield KOA

    • Sabillasville, Maryland

      Adirondack Shelters

      Overview The Adirondack Shelters, located near the northern most point of Catoctin Mountain Park, provide a destination for true nature immersion and an alternative to drive-up camping. A moderate ...

    • Sabillasville, Maryland

      Owens Creek Campground

      Overview Owens Creek Campground offers families and individuals enjoyable primitive tent camping. Located just five miles from Thurmont, Maryland, in the rolling hills of Catoctin Mountain Park. Re...

    • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

      Historic Bushman House (Gettysburg)

      Overview The historic Bushman House is an exceptional year-round place to stay and is located within the Gettysburg National Military Park, where it witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg. Beautifully...

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