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SHARPSBURG, MARYLAND

Hike Through Maryland on the Appalachian Trail: From Mason-Dixon to the Potomac

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Complete the entire Maryland stretch of the Appalachian Trail! Inspired by participants who took our popular program “Hike the Appalachian Trail in Four States!” (#18537), this hiking adventure takes on a different section of the trail — “The Maryland Challenge” — stretching 41 miles from the Mason-Dixon Line to the Potomac River. While some super-endurance hikers tackle all 41 miles in a single day, we will cover the distance at a more leisurely pace, spanning the state of Maryland over four days. Meet some knowledgeable locals and hear from regional experts on topics such as the geology of the Appalachian Trail, Civil War history and traditional healing plants and medicinal herbs.


Highlights

• Brave the steepest descent in Maryland down to a small tributary of Grove Creek and cross Little Antietam Creek on your way to summit Quirauk Mountain.
• Meet a Civil War expert who transports you back in time to the fierce fighting that took place across the face of South Mountain, then hike in the area the next day for onsite interpretation
• Follow a portion of the C&O Canal Towpath along the Potomac River to historic Harper's Ferry.

Program Notes

The Maryland portion of the Appalachian trail is approximately 41 miles long. The program is based at one location at Shepherd’s Spring, which is located about 15 miles from the closest AT crossing. This means hiking the entire Maryland portion of the AT requires some amount of driving on any given day. Sag wagons (typically 15 passenger vans) will be taking you to the starting point each day, and pick up all hikers at the end of the day.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Hiking up to 12 miles per day; average daily hike is approximately 10 miles. Ungroomed trail over rocky and rough terrain with minor elevation changes. Sag wagon support to trailhead and during breaks on hike. Program appropriate for seasoned hikers.

Coordinated by Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center.


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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Performances

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