Maryland Heights Loop is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 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.
dogs on leash
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.
Challenging for me, 1st hike in years, but worth it. Views from overlook trail are amazing. Add 1.4 miles from Md Heights loop to overlook. Very little parking at base of trail. Worth the $10 to park at Harpers Ferry NPS parking lot and either hike or take bus to park and cross railway tressel to C&0 canal to base of trail. Our total hike from Harpers Ferry to overlook and Md Heights trail was 7.9 miles.
great hike. parking can be tough to find, especially on the weekend, but is free at the base. for a guarenteed parking spot, you can pay to ride the bus, from the visitor center to harpers ferry. make sure to bring snacks and water. the view is amazing!
The loop as shown is great, but you should also follow the zig zag trail down to the overlook. That is the first part of the trail shown in black, and the little stem. If you want to get down to Sandy Hook, good luck. The trail shown on AllTrails that goes along the the side of the mountain and drops down into Sandy Hook does not appear to exist anymore. I took a group out recently and we specifically looked for it, and we could not find it. That trail is not shown on the NPS maps, so we suspect it was closed years ago.
This was gorgeous! Had three little ones in tow. They did great. Ages 8-10. Little nervous with them around the overlook. Not too busy here in feb, but did see people much of the trail. I'm sure it's packed in warmer months.
Love this beautiful, challenging uphill battle. It doesn't get my body sore after. But during it is definitely a workout for the lungs, and chest. Plenty of room for breaks, the end goal is breath taking. This hike is in my regular rotation of places to go.
Great fun. We did the Stone Fort trail which is steep at first but once you reach the top it's smooth sailing. You do have to go down and back up for the overlook but it's worth it! Lots of fun but don't forget to add the distance from where you park to the trail head. We parked 1.5 miles away from the trail head on the other side of Harpers Ferry.
Really steep to start and a good warm up. The top was gorgeous and had lots of great views out over Harpers Ferry. Fun challenge for the dog too!