Self-Guided Opportunities
 
Hiking
Location Rocky Gap State Park
Allegany County
Trail Access Loop trail
Easy to access from campground, day-use area and lodge.
Distance 4.2 mile loop trail
Time 2 to 3 hours
Trail Varied terrain
Moderate hills
Rocky areas
Skill Level Moderate
Suitable For Families? Yes
Hazards/Restrictions None (typical woods terrain/use caution)
Potable Water Available in the campground, day-use area and lodge
Natural Features 243 acre Lake Habeeb
Evitts Mountain
Predominately hardwood forest
Wildlife includes: white tailed deer, wild turkey, red-tailed hawks
Historic/Cultural Features Prior to the development of the park the area was primarily farmland. In the 1730's Mr. Evitts traveled west through the frontier after a disastrous love affair. It is said he had his home on the top of Evitts Mountain and lived out the rest of his life as a hermit. The remains of his homestead and some scattered apple trees are still visible at the top of Evitts Mountain.
Camping Primitive camping available at Green Ridge State Forest, 301-478-3125
Improved camping available at Rocky Gap State Park, (301) 722-1480, or 1-888-432-2267
Other Points of Interest Rocky Gap State Park has four other trails available for all skill levels. Lake Habeeb is available for boating and fishing.
Other Accommodations Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort, 800-724-0828
Town Hill Hotel Bed and Breakfast, 301-478-2794
Rocky Gap State Park chalet and mini cabins, (301) 722-1480
Fees or Permits Camping service charge
Camping permit required
Description This scenic hike passes through a variety of habitats and crosses over four foot bridges. Hikers will pass the Scales and Tales Aviary along the trail giving them the opportunity to view several species of raptors including owls, hawks and vultures. The trail will also cross over the spillway in the dam area of the lake. Guests will wind through the campground area and past the pavilions. Along the trail hikers can view a variety of wildlife and waterfowl. This is a very scenic and relaxing hike with minimal hills or inclines.


Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Small first aid kit
  • Water and a snack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Adequate footwear
  • Compass
  • Rainwear