South Mountain State Park

South Mountain State Park
Maryland State Park
View from the Annapolis Rocks Overlook,
found in the southern part of the park
Country United States
State Maryland
Counties Frederick, Washington
Elevation 1,555 ft (474 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°33′15″N 77°35′59″W / 39.55417°N 77.59972°W / 39.55417; -77.59972Coordinates: 39°33′15″N 77°35′59″W / 39.55417°N 77.59972°W / 39.55417; -77.59972 [1]
Area 7,368 acres (2,982 ha) [2]
Established Unspecified
Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V[3]
Nearest city Hagerstown, MD
Location in Maryland
Website: South Mountain State Park

South Mountain State Park is a public recreation area that runs for nearly the entire length of South Mountain through Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland.[4] The state park is contiguous with several other national, state and local parks on the mountain, including the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Gathland State Park, Washington Monument State Park, Greenbrier State Park and Pen Mar County Park (Washington County).

Features

Maryland's 40-mile (64 km) section of the Appalachian Trail traverses the length of the park,[5] offering access to scenic overlooks that include High Rock, Black Rock, Annapolis Rock, White Rock, and Waverton Cliffs.[6] The park also contains part of the South Mountain Battlefield.[7] Camping is permitted at shelters and backpackers campgrounds off the AT.[4] The park also has two hunting areas: Black Rock Hunting Lands and Lambs Knoll Hunting Lands.[6]

References

  1. 1 2 "South Mountain Natural Environmental Area". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. "Fiscal Year 2016 DNR Owned Lands Acreage" (PDF). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. July 29, 2016. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  3. "South Mountain State Park". Protected Planet. IUCN. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. 1 2 "South Mountain State Park". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  5. "Appalachian Trail". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  6. 1 2 "Explore: South Mountain Recreation Area and More". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 2014. pp. 18–19. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  7. "Battle of South Mountain". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
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