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A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. There's a wide variety of experiences for visitors of all ages, so come and discover Harpers Ferry.
Excellent hike that really makes you work for it. Parking in Harpers Ferry, especially in the summertime, is slim to none. Would recommend taking the park shuttle in, that's what they prefer anyway. It's a small historic town and people do actually live there, so they have to park. There are a multitude of different views from the top, each incredible. If you want to avoid large crowds and school groups, avoid going May-September. Also, this trail is actually in Maryland and views WV and VA.
This is a perfect day hike. 3 hrs from the parking lot, with a quick break at the overlook for a snack. Appropriately rated as intermediate. Well marked and maintained trail. Impossible to get lost. Great views. Bonus of being close to historic Harpers Ferry and including part of the AT. Maryland heights used to be my go to day hike in the area. This trail is more challenging/interesting, parking is easier, and the views are equivalent. It'll be my new day hike to take friends/family members visiting the area.
Went from keys gap to the 340 bridge in Harper's ferry and back . Overall a pretty mellow trail but I will note it's very rocky and the Loudoun heights climb is pretty strong especially when muddy . Wet and muddy today so the rocks were slippery but still a great time. Not to many views but a few cool campsites and some nice wildlife sightings . I ran some and hiked some to make sure I got back before dark . Trail is getting dark about 430 or so and is a little creepy lol
A nice fairly easy hike with Civil war history along the loop. Allow about 2 - 2.5 hours in and out. Starting at the NPS visitors center. Cross the road where you entered. Follow the trial along the road. After you enter the woods there is a trail to the left that goes down the ravine, take that.
After doing a loop to reach the overlook to Harpers Ferry, we decided to drive to the Weverton Cliffs (9 mins) and do a short hike. It was continuously uphill but it was quite easy. There are so many leaves on the pathway during fall that you can easily slip. The cliffs are really nice and worth the trip if you have extra time after finishing a hike nearby.
We did the stone fort trail and it was a steady uphill for a while but it was quite easy after. The overlook to Harpers Ferry was very pretty. I enjoyed it more than I expected mainly because there was barely anyone around the trail at that time. There were quite a few people starting the hike as we were ending ours. So come early if you want to avoid crowds and get a parking space close to the trailhead.