Hike This Stairway To Nowhere In Maryland For A Magical Woodland Adventure

By Jamie Alvarenga

Always looking for new hikes in Maryland? This one deserves to go on your to-do list. Check out this beautiful trek that features stunning overlook views, bridges, and an enchanting stairway among the forest. Read on for the details…

Today we're exploring Black Rock via the Appalachian Trail. This is an out and back hike located at South Mountain State Park in the Myersville / Boonsboro
Prepare to hike about 7.2 miles total for the day. Clear a few hours and bring plenty of snacks and water.Bob Wolfe / AllTrails
This trail is rated as moderate and includes plenty of things to see along the way. Prepare to encounter bridges...Brian Hopkins / AllTrails
...and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. It's not uncommon to spot a deer or two.Misti Burmeister / AllTrails
You may also spot wildflowers and patches of fabulous ferns.Dushyant Chaudhari / AllTrails

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The best part is the enchanting stairway located along your journey.Brian Hopkins / AllTrails
You'll definitely want to snap some photos when encountering this area.Xiang Chen / AllTrails
Some people have said that this is the most difficult part of the trek. Just remember that slow and steady wins the race. Take your time!Go Hike Virginia ( / AllTrails
Along with enjoying the fairy tale staircase, you'll also enjoy the glorious overlook views along this trek.Pete Peters / AllTrails
Inspiring sites like this makes this Maryland hike so worth the effort.David Madrid / AllTrails
You can hike Black Rock via the Appalachian Trail any time of year, even during wintertime! Our favorite time is during autumn when the foliage enhances the views even more. No matter when you visit, you can't go wrong.Josh Wolf / AllTrails

For more information about this hike and its magical stairway to nowhere in Maryland, visit the AllTrails page.

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