MD §1: Pen Mar to Raven Rock Hollow (MD-491)

Maryland §1 spans 5.9 miles. Parking is available for four mileposts.

Mp 0.2/5.7: Pen Mar High Rock Road

Locate: {39.71595, -77.50768}

Orient: The northernmost 0.4 mi of §1 pass through Pen Mar County Park in Highfield-Cascade, on Pen Mar High Rock Road, where parking is available. Pen Mar High Rock Road branches south from Pen Mar Road. From PA-16 [Buchanan Trail East] at Fort Ritchie Access Road {39.729635, -77.473631} in Blue Ridge Summit, PA: follow Fort Ritchie Access Road (PA) becoming Camp Ritchie Road (MD) for 1.6 mi to right onto Pen Mar Road, in MD; follow Pen Mar Road for 0.9 mi to left onto Pen Mar High Rock Road; continue on Pen Mar High Rock Road for 0.2 mi to Pen Mar County Park on right or town lot on left.

Park: Room for several dozen cars inside park on west side of road; gated at sunset; water, restrooms, vending machines (seasonal). Room for two dozen cars in town lot outside park on east side of road, catty-corner to park entrance; not gated.

Connect: Follow park's entrance road northwest for 150 yd to AT near pavilions; signed. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 3.1/2.8: via High Rock Loop Trail

Locate: {39.69505, -77.52326}

Orient: The short High Rock Loop Trail coincides with the AT between Mp 3.1/2.8 and Mp 3.2/2.7, in Smithsburg, and otherwise provides two side trails connecting its trailhead parking area to the AT. From Pen Mar County Park (see Mp 0.2/5.7, above): turn right from lot onto Pen Mar High Rock Road; continue south for 1.7 mi to parking area for High Rock Loop Trail, on right side of road at hairpin turn.

Park: Room for a couple dozen cars in trailhead lot on west side of road.

Connect: Follow either blue-blazed leg of triangular High Rock Loop Trail for 0.1 mi to AT Mp 3.1/2.8 {39.69344, -77.52356} or Mp 3.2/2.7 {39.69377, -77.52191}. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 4.9/1.0: via Devil's Racecourse Shelter Trail

Locate: {39.67112, -77.52217}

Orient: An unblazed trail connects the AT to Ritchie Road in Smithsburg, 3.1 mi southwest of MD-491 [Raven Rock Road] in Cascade and 0.7 mi northeast of MD-491 in Smithsburg; see Mp 5.7/0.2, below.

Park: Room for a half dozen cars in lot on north side of road.

Connect: Follow unblazed trail for 0.1 mi to Devil's Racecourse boulder field; cross boulder field and continue for 0.1 mi to former site of Devil's Racecourse Shelter; continue on blue-blazed trail for 0.3 mi to AT.

Mp 5.9/0.0: MD-491 [Raven Rock Road]

Locate: {39.66454, -77.53582}

Orient: The AT crosses MD-491 in Smithsburg 1.9 mi northeast of MD-64 [Smithsburg Pike] and 4.5 mi southwest of Camp Ritchie Road in Highfield-Cascade.

Park: Room for many cars in shoulder along north side of road.