Got a couple of hours? Have you ever visited the original Washington Monument?
Well, you could just drive up but why??? This is a nice out and back hike to the Monument on the Appalachian Trail (AT).
Park at the Rt 40 parking lot for the AT (new 40, not the old 40 that goes past South Mountain Inn).
Head south on the AT passing over I-70 on the bridge. I drive under this bridge frequently … it was super exciting to walk across this bridge the first time I took this hike! You will love it and if you have kids, they will definitely be loving the semi tractor trailers zooming just below their feet! They might even get a few honks! 🙂 🙂
Once over the bridge, the AT squeezes between two houses. Respect the boundaries for the AT!
Cross the road and continue on the AT as it heads slightly uphill and passes the Bartram Trail. The Bartram Trail links to Greenbrier State Park.
Many animals make their home along the trail, deer, bear, and even turtles!
This is also a nice trail for dogs. Sidekick Pauli loves to hikes here!
After about a mile, the trail crosses Boonesboro Mountain Road. Be careful! Traffic can come though here pretty fast!
The rest of the hike is wooded and shady with two power line crossings. Some of the trail is smooth easy walking while other parts are rocky.
Most of the hills are small and increase elevation slowly, that is until you get just past the second powerline crossing. At that point, the trail makes its final climb up to the Washington Monument.
The first time I did this hike I packed a picnic lunch and walked the 3.2 miles to the Washington Monument. Sitting in the shade of the apple tree, I ate my picnic lunch while taking in the view of the Monument and Boonesboro in the valley below. Then I backtracked 3.2 miles to my car in the Rt. 40 lot. It was very peaceful!
and Hike on! 🙂