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    Default How are the water sources along Maryland AT right now

    I plan to hike the Maryland AT in early October.

    Has anyone hiked there in recent weeks?
    Were the streams flowing well and are they frequent?
    Are there any handy spigots that still operate in October?

    Thank you!

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    while i have not been on the AT in maryland in a while, the general today got a bunch of rain...

    i don't see you having any trouble getting water.....

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    You should be able to use a spigot at the Dahlgren camp grounds and right below the Washington monument has a yard hydrant. And maybe the Gatlin state park.And it looks like all the shelters are open except the Ed Garvey shelter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JNI64 View Post
    You should be able to use a spigot at the Dahlgren camp grounds and right below the Washington monument has a yard hydrant. And maybe the Gatlin state park.And it looks like all the shelters are open except the Ed Garvey shelter.
    JNI64 is correct. I backpacked through that area 9-13 Sept and those two water sources were game changers. At that time, water from streams was very scarce from PenMar to Ed Garvey. WE were able to filter water it just took some time and effort. Recent rain surely helped but don't count on it.

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    spigots at gatlin state park , washington monument and dahlgren campground were all still on 1st week of november 2014 when i went thru and also dahlgren free showers were still open a ranger said they will be shut down soon when i was there.....washington monument bathrooms were open - good place to warm up if cold ( good heat )
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    AND..... as a added bonus right on trail as you walk through the Gatlin sp, there's a soda machine and snack machine. It's been awhile since I've been through there but that used to be the case. And if you have " champagne and caviar taste " there's the south mountain inn right on trail.which happens to be situated right at the Dahlgren camp grounds where you can get a hot shower order your food literally walk up the hill in your camp shoes get your food and walk back to camp Boy them folks in MD know how to treat a hiker. ( hint,hint, water up before you get to the Ed Garvey).
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    The spigots at Dahlgren, Gathland and Washington Monument are frost-free. Pen Mar spigots are seasonal. The Ed Garvey spring is not to be missed!
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    This is teriffic info. Thanks to each of you!

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    Just following up post-hike. All of the spigots mentioned were working. The replies in this thread were helpful and appreciated!

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