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.
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.
Great views... Challenging hike. Definitely some good inclines! We went to lunch in Harper's Ferry afterward. Enjoyed the day :)
Amazing view of Harper's Ferry from the top. Best hike around! Steep — bring your water and bug spray.
Very good trail with an amazing view.
Great Hike. Date: 5/23/2015
Awesome view of Harper's Ferry. Well worth the hike to the lookout. I would do it again.
Definitely a climb, but well worth it!
beautiful place to hike