Weverton Cliffs: A must see overlook starting/ending the Maryland Appalachian Trail

Where? Weverton Cliffs, Knoxville, Maryland, USA

How much? Free

Open/Closes: Weverton Cliffs is located in South Mountain State Park. Their hours of operation are from Sunrise to Sunset.

Pets: Must be leashed.

At a Glance (review from my insta account)

Kid friendly ✅❌Maybe. You are going up the entire time in a zig zag fashion. When you are close to the cliffs, the climb becomes more steep. The trail is rocky. It’s not a long hike, 3/4 of a mile each way. But because of all the factors aforementioned, you need to take it slow with the little ones. It took us an hour to go up and 30 mins to go down 😅. Bottom line, it all depends on your kids and if you are willing to carry them shall they become too tired.

Even though, it’s a fun trail. What kid doesn’t like to step on rocks? Also, it has a lot of shade. You never feel the sun burning you. Moreover, plenty of cooling breezes flowing everywhere. And well, when you reach the cliffs, it’s a beautiful view, worth every hassle. Plus, if you bring toys with you, it offers a great play space for imagination to run wild😜.

Stroller friendly ❌❌❌ nope.

Wheelchair accessible ❌❌❌ nope.

Restroom❌❌❌ nope. Nothing. Hold it or go somewhere before you start. It’s not a long hike anyways. In case of an emergency, remember the Leave No Trace rules.

Social distancing ✅ ✅ ✅ This trail was empty. I did encounter people, but very minimal. When we reach the cliffs, it was just us, for an entire hour!

My takeaway ✨ You know how much I love evening hikes with sunsets. So, this is already in my bucket list! It’s so short that it’ll be super easy and doable.

Last remarks 🚨 If you skip the cliffs, and take a left, you can continue walking on the AT (Appalachian Trail) for miles.

More details of Our Experience

Weverton Cliffs is located in Washington County. Click on the map to get directions on Google Maps.

As you can observe in the map, you can access Weverton Cliffs trail by walking from the C&O towpath in Lock 31, or by parking on Weverton Road Park & Ride (this one is closer).

The trail is very straightforward. Once you pass the park & ride on Weverton Road, you continue walking to the right and you’ll see at the intersection the entrance of the trail. Please, check my story highlights in instagram called “Weverton Cliffs” for videos of the entrance.

The trail is like a zig zag, rocky, bumpy, and sometimes narrow. When you are getting closer to the cliffs, it starts becoming more steep. You’ll know you are close because you will see the sign in the picture above. Take the right.\, and you’ll start going a little bit downhill.

Once there, enjoy the view! It’s absolutely beautiful.

You’ll also see a lot of these flying over. I couldn’t take a sharper picture, so I’m not sure what species it is.

As mentioned before, we spend about an hour here, taking the scenery in and my kids having the best play time ever!

Their little creative minds were so excited to play with their trucks in these rocks!

I can’t wait to try this hike from the C&O Canal Lock 31, and one day take the left and hike on the AT!

I hope you have a great time visiting this beautiful place. Being in contact with nature is proven to make you feel better and happier. Let me know if you go how it goes and remember that the easiest way to stay posted and in touch is to follow me on insta, where I also share videos of the places in my stories/highlights!

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