Maryland Heights Loop

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Maryland Heights Loop is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harpers Ferry, WV that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.8 miles 1404 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Scenic overlook, civil war fortifications, moderate to strenuous climb. History combined with beauty! This is a hike over well-marked trails with many interpretive signs along the way. There are some steep climbs and some rocky terrain. The hike features a spectacular overlook of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. However, it doesn't come easily. The hike also includes much history. The trail passes remains of fortifications built by the Union forces in 1862 after their defeat at Harpers Ferry. There are ammunition pits, breastworks, powder magazines, and gun batteries along the trail. The remains of the main fort are at the summit of Maryland Heights.


3 days ago

hiking

Amazing view of Harper's Ferry from the top. Best hike around! Steep — bring your water and bug spray.


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24 days ago

hiking

Very good trail with an amazing view.


27 days ago

hiking

Great Hike. Date: 5/23/2015


27 days ago

Awesome view of Harper's Ferry. Well worth the hike to the lookout. I would do it again.


28 days ago

hiking

Definitely a climb, but well worth it!


1 month ago

beautiful place to hike


1 month ago

hiking

Strenuous trail to hike. 900 ft vertical ride over 1.9 miles. Not for those really overweight or out of shape. Bring water. Beautiful view at overlook on top.


1 month ago

Bring water and snacks. A good climb with incredible view!!


1 month ago

Amazing hike! Could be a bit of a challenge for anyone not used to inclines, but very worth the effort! The summit hike is a grind, but a nice workout!


1 month ago

hiking

It is a moderate hike with some sections little steep. But overall all of the participants were able to complete the hike without any issues, albeit with varying pace. Plan for at least 2.5 hours for the hike, more if you want to stay on the top for longer. Views from the overlook point are breathtaking. You see the historic town and confluence of two beautiful rivers.


1 month ago

always a good hike


1 month ago

hiking

absolutely beautiful views! pretty strenuous trail but we'll worth it.


1 month ago

Luv this trail. A bit challenge!


2 months ago

hiking

Parts of the trail ended up harder than I expected, but totally manageable. I had all my AT hiking gear on me though, and did this as a side trip. On any future hike I'd just carry a snack and some water rather than all 35 pounds of gear! Great view of Harper's Ferry at the end.


2 months ago

hiking

Did the 6-mile loop hike to the Stone Fort on Sunday at 8:00 starting at the train station parking lot in Harper's Ferry. The trail is 90% in shade. We found very few people on the trail at that hour of the day. The trail did not get busy until we got back down from the Stone Fort and reached the Overlook trail. We completed the hike in 4 hours at a very comfortable pace. Having lunch afterward in Harper's Ferry was just the icing on the cake.


2 months ago

Amazing view!!!