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Quirauk Mountain
High Rock graffitti MD1.jpg
View from High Rock of Cascade, Maryland
Highest point
Elevation 2,145 ft (654 m)
Location Washington County, Maryland
Parent range South Mountain, Blue Ridge Mountains
Easiest route drive

Quirauk Mountain is the highest point on South Mountain. The 2,145-foot (654 m) peak is located in northeastern Washington County, Maryland. It lies just southwest of Fort Ritchie Military Reservation in the village of Cascade and about 1/2 mile southeast of the community of Blue Mountain. The Appalachian Trail and South Mountain State Park are about 1/2 mile to the west of the mountain's summit.


On the summit is a broadcast tower for radio stations WETH-FM and WAYZ-FM (in Hagerstown) and "Site C", a radio communication outpost of the Alternate Joint Communications Center, a United States Department of Defense emergency relocation site near Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania. There is a fenced-in area of the mountaintop that is federal property and thus a restricted area. Quirauk Mountain's broadcast tower was formerly used by radio stations WJEJ-AM and WWMD-FM. A fire lookout tower also used to occupy the summit.

About 1/2 mile to the west-southwest of the summit is High Rock (on the Appalachian Trail), which provides an excellent view of the surrounding countryside.

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