High Rock is located just off the Appalachian Trail in Northern Maryland on South Mountain. It is a popular hang-gliding site. There is a paved road that leads from Pen-Mar Park to High Rock that is gated from dusk to 9 AM. It has spectacular views on a clear day.
It can also be hiked from the South via the Appalachian Trail starting at Raven Rock Hollow Rd (MD 491). This road can be found a few miles North of Cave Town on MD 64. However there is no parking available where the trail crosses the road other than along the road side.
The only access to High Rocks other than the drive up High Rock Road is via the Appalachian Trail from the north or south. The trail going either way is steep in spots (the most elevation change anywhere in Maryland along the Appalachian Trail) but once on the ridge the walking is easy. The hike from the south although longer is not as steep.
Red TapeCamping and open fires are only permitted at established camping areas and with existing fire rings.
External LinksWhite Blaze.net
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Patomic Appalachian Trail Club
South Mountain State Park