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Best remote camping around Maryland?

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chris bursey · · Maryland · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 65

Looking for places to go camping with my parents that involve a decently long hike and a secluded camp site in or around MD. Im using this as a climbing recon trip because my parents don't climb no matter how much i try to get them to. The only place I know of with back country camping around is Shenandoah NP around Old Rag but we've been there. Any ideas are helpful!

zHoltzman · · Boulder, CO · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 5

Check out Annapolis Rock. It is accessed via the AT.

Annapolis Rock

Ralph Kolva · · Pine, CO · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 210

Best backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic is Dolly Sods, WV. No climbing in the Sods but Seneca Rocks (trad) and Franklin (sport) are close enough.

It's been a lot of years since I've been to Annapolis Rocks but recall that the times I've been there was usually some half drunk yahoos running around, not exactly the quiet camp site I would want with my parents.

Pretty cool that you hike an camp with your parents, wish I had that kind of relationship with my parents.

chris bursey · · Maryland · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 65

Dolly Sods is looking pretty cool, any advice on the place?

Ralph Kolva · · Pine, CO · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 210

I prefer open terrain, meadows, and broader vistas, my favorite hikes were in the Northern section of the wilderness. Back then the northern trails (when you could find a trail) were not on the maps and in general you could find more solitude in the norther part of the Sods. This hike looks like it covers a good bit of the northern terrain…

The southern section is typically lower elevations and deciduous forest, very scenic in it's own way. I recall many impacted campsites along Red Creek in the southern section. You could do a nice through hike starting at Laneville and piecing together trails to finish at either upper Red Creek or near Bear Rocks. Dunkenbarger was one of my favorite trails, seldom saw anybody else on the trail and it crosses some nice meadows.

I would suggest figuring out how many miles you're looking to do and then piecing together a hike that fits your itinerary. The Sods is really a fairly small area with not too much elevation change so the hiking is relatively easy.

If you have questions about specific trails let me know, it's been a long time since I've been there but I'll try to recall as best as I can.

Have fun, the Sods is a nice area.

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