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South Mountain State Park

South Mountain State Park is a13,000 acre, 40-mile long multi-use state park along the South Mountain ridge from the Pennsylvania line to the Potomac River. Part of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, South Mountain separates the Hagerstown and Cumberland valleys from the Piedmont regions of Maryland and Pennsylvania.

South Mountain State Park has a variety of geologic, natural, cultural, and historic experiences. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of the Civil War Soldiers who fought at the 1862 Battle of South Mountain, climb to breathtaking views, and experience the solitude of nature.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail follows the crest of the mountain reaching the tallest peaks at Quirauk Mountain (2,150 ft.) and Lambs Knoll (1,758 ft.). Scenic overlooks at Weverton Cliffs, Annapolis Rocks, and High Rock provide amazing views of the landscape. Designated camping areas and shelters are available on first-come-first served basis for backpackers and thru-hikers.

South Mountain State Park has no distinguishable boundary or entrance facility. Designated parking lots are available along the length of the mountain.

The park includes two hunting areas that require a hunting license and knowledge of the Maryland hunting seasons. The areas are very remote abd access us limited, so be prepared to hike long distances.

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History

There are a variety of individuals and events that influced South Mountain's history. To learn about the mountain's histoy, visit South Mountain State Battlefield.

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Last updated: July 09, 2022
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