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Hike the Appalachian Trail: From Mason-Dixon to the Potomac

Speak with local history experts, visit Harpers Ferry and learn about the region’s traditions and culture as you spend four days hiking the Appalachian Trail’s “Maryland Challenge.”
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Program No. 21357RJ
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6 days
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Maryland

Hike the Appalachian Trail: From Mason-Dixon to the Potomac

Speak with local history experts, visit Harpers Ferry and learn about the region’s traditions and culture as you spend four days hiking the Appalachian Trail’s “Maryland Challenge.”
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6 days
Starts at
1,149
Program No. 21357 RJ
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At a Glance

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.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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 to the fierce fighting that took place at South Mountain.
  • Follow a portion of the C&O Canal Towpath along the Potomac River to historic Harper's Ferry.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. This program is based at Shepherd’s Spring, 15 miles from the closest AT crossing. Sag wagons transport cyclists to and from starting and ending locations each day. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
In Beauty May She Walk, Hiking the AT at 60
by Leslie Mass
In 2001, Leslie Mass turns a lifelong fantasy into reality. She began a grueling journey - a thru-hike of the 2,000 mile Appalachian Trail. A wife, mother, and suburban college administrator, Leslie is just like any other woman you might pass ona grocery aisle. Her story is an inspiring physical and mental journey to reach the goal of a lifetime.
Walking with Spring, the first thru-hike of the AT
by Earl V Shaffer
It was the spring of 1948, and a young man from Pennsylvania had to work out of his psyche the sights, sounds and losses of WWII; he took a hike- for four months! On August 5 of that year, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike uninterrupted the entire length of the AT. Written soon after the first of his three thru hikes and including photos from 1948, this book chronicles Shaffer's adventures along a path that at the time was showing the neglect of the war years and has since been rerouted significantly to its semi-permanent location. His simply stated story has served as inspiriation for more than 9,000 men and women who have since followed in his footsteps... and many thousands more who have tried.





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