Maryland Heights Loop is a 4.8 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.
Steep!! This trail is straight up and down. The only downside is the trail isn't clearly marked at the end of the blue trail. If you look right then you see a wood plank with 2 red marks, then left you see a plank with 1 red mark. One is going to lead you out of the trail, and the other is going to lead to the scenic over look which is in and out. They also don't have a sign for this. Looking at your phone for a map is not a good idea, it appears that the trail as a way down from the overlook it doesn't, you have to turn around and go back up a steep hill, this was frustrating.
Overall a great hike, strenuous and steep but great views from the top! Parking was fine at the trail head but was filled when we left. we arrived around noon and the trail had quite a few people, but not too crazy except at the view points. I will probably try to make an effort to get on the trail earlier. Great history, awesome fort and wall structures.
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.
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.
A great hike in the fall. The views open a lot and it's not to cold nor to hard for the entire family to do
Great trail, very steep in parts but a great workout. The view is phenomenal at the top around the old fort. Then on the rock the view gets even better.
Moderately strenuous hike. Awesome view at the big Overlook. Prepare for the weather and wind if going in the Fall. Temp dropped 25° on the way down.
I did the small portion just to check the overlook. It was during the summer but the weather wasn't cold. The distance of the hike was perfect not too long and neither short. The hike is totally worth it because when you get to the overlook you have this gorgeous view of three states in Harper's ferry. The only problem is that when you get to overlook there are these small bugs who wouldn't leave you alone