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Maryland Heights Loop

MODERATE 127 reviews

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.

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17 days ago

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!

22 days ago

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23 days ago

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.

23 days ago

Very nice

hiking
24 days ago

Great views... Challenging hike. Definitely some good inclines! We went to lunch in Harper's Ferry afterward. Enjoyed the day :)

24 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

Very good trail with an amazing view.

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1 month ago

Great Hike. Date: 5/23/2015

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

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely a climb, but well worth it!

2 months ago

beautiful place to hike