South Mountain State Park

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For the state park in North Carolina, see South Mountains State Park.
South Mountain State Park
Maryland State Park
Annapolis rocks overlook.jpg
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 7,303 acres (2,955 ha) [2]
Established 1984
Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Nearest city Hagerstown, MD
Location in Maryland
Website: South Mountain State Park

South Mountain State Park is a state-operated, public recreation area that runs for nearly the entire length of South Mountain through Maryland's Washington and Frederick counties. 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).


Maryland's 40-mile (64 km) section of the Appalachian Trail traverses the length of the park,[3] offering access to scenic overlooks that include High Rock, Black Rock, Annapolis Rock, White Rock, and Waverton Cliffs.[4] The park also contains part of the South Mountain Battlefield.[5] Camping is permitted at six shelters and three backpackers campgrounds off the AT.[6] The park also has two hunting areas: Black Rock Hunting Lands and Lambs Knoll Hunting Lands.[4]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: South Mountain State Park
  2. ^ "Fiscal Year 2015 DNR Owned Lands Acreage" (PDF). Maryland DNR. August 18, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Appalachian Trail". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Explore: South Mountain Recreation Area and More". Maryland DNR. 2014. pp. 18–19. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Battle of South Mountain". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "South Mountain State Park". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 

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