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.
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.
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
Hiked it with my wife. A great trail. Physically challenging and historically educational. The trail offers various terrain.
The overlook itself was pretty crowded, but incredible view. Very much worth dealing with the amount of people. The hike was challenging but rewarding once you get to the top. Parking was hard to get to but if you park in the Harpers Ferry visitor center you can take the bus into the town and walk across the river and start the trail.
Ok trail, far too popular for my taste. I took the stone trail to avoid the large crowds, which turned out to be a fun hike with a decent view but was a very challenging hike
This trail was pretty. However, it's getting two stars from
me because of the sheer MASS of people. It was extremely overcrowded which made for an unenjoyable hike for someone who enjoys the peacefulness of the woods. The trail is a straight incline most of the way which is strenuous, however the terrain is pretty packed down and the path is wide. A few rocky spots but nothing too major. The hike was a lot of work for a view that was just pretty and in my opinion, not worth it. However, there weren't many options as far as trails go in Harper's Ferry and this one is clearly the best of the bunch.
Very nice view... tough rock trail before the scenic view. Way too many people
Did it again with Navi. Much easier this time, now that we are both in better shape. Great little trail with stunning views. Get some coffee in Harper's Ferry on the way there.
Post card views at Cliff Overlook
great hike with amazing overlook of Harper's Ferry. challenging inclines at times. Very crowded on a nice fall day - that was the only drawback!
This trail is definitely one of my favorite local hikes! It's pretty busy during the weekends but the view is well worth it. Across the river, on the brick pedestrian road, there are a few small restaurants with patio seating. I always go grab a small meal and refuel after a nice hike!
Going up from the cliff side is easier to get up, The other side It is straight up with a lot of rocks. If your not use to climbing try going up this side. Bring plenty of water and maybe some peanuts or beef jerky. Maybe mostly in the shade, but it is strenuous climbing. Bringing your dog, make sure you bring your dog water as well. I saw people not giving their dog water, not good for the dog either to do without. Even on the going to just the cliff, they need water! Glad I did it. Can't wait to do it again in the fall.