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For the state park in North Carolina, see South Mountains State Park.
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South Mountain State Park
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
Annapolis rocks overlook.jpg
View from the Annapolis Rocks Overlook,
found in the southern part of the park
Location Frederick County & Washington County, Maryland, United States
Nearest town Boonsboro, Maryland
Area 7,520 acres (30.4 km2)
Elevation 1,555 ft (474 m)
Designation Maryland state park
Administrator Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Website South Mountain State Park

South Mountain State Park is a public recreation area that runs for nearly the entire length of South Mountain through Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland. The state park is contiguous with several other national, state and local parks on the mountain, including the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Gathland State Park, Washington Monument State Park, Greenbrier State Park and Pen Mar County Park (Washington County).

Features

Maryland's 40-mile (64 km) section of the Appalachian Trail traverses the length of the park, offering access to scenic overlooks that include High Rock, Black Rock, Annapolis Rock, White Rock, and Weverton Cliffs. The park also contains part of the South Mountain Battlefield. Camping is permitted at shelters and backpackers campgrounds off the AT. The park also has two hunting areas: Black Rock Hunting Lands and Lambs Knoll Hunting Lands.

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