AT Crossing the Old National Pike (Alt. US 40) - Middletown, MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 39° 29.071 W 077° 37.177
18S E 274702 N 4373822
Quick Description: Two great ways that are great together.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 9/12/2014 4:35:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMMFEK
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member huggy_d1
Views: 7

Long Description:
Near Boonesboro but on the Washington-Frederick County Line, along Alt. U.S. 40, is a parking lot by a restaurant that has designated spaces for the Appalachian Trail (AT), which appears and crosses Alt. U.S. 40 nearby.

Alt. U.S. 40, also known as the Old National Pike, is the traditional route of U.S. 40, which was an early turnpike that was an important east-west road from Baltimore, MD. It once traversed the entire U.S. from Atlantic City to San Francisco, but now stops near Park City, UT.

The AT, of course, is the major route for hikers along the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine.

There isn't a lot of signage, here, for the trail. There is a parking lot on the south side of the road for the Old South Mt. Inn, near the entrance to the Washington Monument Park. There is a sign as you enter the parking lot that states:

"To Appalachian Trail Parking."

About 50 ft away, the trail appears out of the woods and crosses Alt. U.S. 40. There is a post with the white blaze at this point. Nearby, on the south side, is a Smokey the Bear sign and on the north side is a stone church building. The next landmark north along the AT is the Washington Monument.
Type: Trail Head

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