Appalachian Trail ... Hiking the Maryland Challenge ... Weverton Cliffs

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Panoramic view of Weverton Cliffs in summer

Weverton Cliffs Overlook is one of my favorite destinations. Look to the west, and you can see the Sandy Hook Bridge and almost make out Harpers Ferry. Look to the east, and you can faintly make out Sugarloaf Mountain. Look below, and you can see the C&O Canal, Lockhouse 31, Keep Tryst Road, and the B&O Railroad tracks. Look around, and you will see stupendous mountain ranges, through which the Potomac River has patiently cut a pass, and the rapids in the river are testimony to the resistance of the bedrock. In this picture, you can see the woods, through which the blue blazed trail leads to the overlook, coming out abruptly onto the cliffs, tinged with yellow weverton flaggy loam soil.

Weverton is a small town that stands near the bottom of the cliffs. It was intended by Caspar Wever as an speculative investment to create an industrial mill town that took advantage of the Potomac River for power and the C&O Canal for transportation. Flooding and other factors killed the investment.

Southwest view of Potomac River from Weverton Cliffs in summer Southwest view of Potomac River from Weverton Cliffs in winter

The view from Weverton Cliffs is beautiful both in summer and in winter, both of which are shown above. I am not as brave about going near the edge of the cliffs in the snow, which I imagine you can understand. I know of no falling deaths from Weverton Cliffs, but it certainly looks like a place where falling deaths could occur.

View of Sandy Hook Bridge in the fog from Weverton Cliffs View of Potomac River directly below Weverton Cliffs

Edging further out on the rocks, one can view the Sandy Hook Bridge, here enveloped in fog. One can also see the Potomac River below, continuing the effort to wear away the bedrock over which it flows, with the bed rock resisting and creating rapids where brave river riders can get themselves killed. Perhaps this is where Pogo Rheinheimer was killed, for whom the Pogo Campsites are named.

Looking Down From Weverton Cliffs

View of Lockhouse 31 from Weverton Cliffs View of Keep Tryst Road from Weverton Cliffs

Going much further out on the cliffs, I was able to look down at the world below, such as Lockhouse 31 on the C&O Canal and Keep Tryst Road, both of which you pass when hiking the Appalachian Trail. In the picture of Keep Tryst Road, the road makes a hairpin turn, and you can see the Appalachian Trail wending its way inside that turn. Weverton Cliffs, not surprisingly, is visible from Keep Tryst Road, you just need to know where to look.

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