Harpers Ferry to Weverton Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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
This hike begins at small parking lot within the Harpers Ferry National Park, and immediately goes up a rocky hill to Jefferson Rock that provides an overlook of Harpers Ferry. Then the trail descends into Harpers Ferry. Head north crossing the Byron Memorial Footbridge and veer right for the C & O Canal tow path along the Potomac River heading north. Continue until the path goes under a bridge and begin looking for mile marker #58, and turn left. The trail continues across Keep Tryst Road, and goes under US 340 and then crosses Weverton Road before it begins to travel up South Mountain on switchbacks leading you to Weverton Cliffs.
Third hike and loved it!! The long flat walk paralleling the railroad tracks and the C&O Canal was a great start but on the way back seemed so much longer and void of views... But it was a great hike and our pups loved it too!!
I generally park at the park and ride for a quick trip up to the cliffs. Another good route is parking at the State Park by Burkettsville and hiking south along the AT to the cliffs. Longer hike if you don't have two cars though and can get flooded after a lot of rain. Weverton is one of my favorite views in the area and isn't as crowded as MD Heights.
What a way to start the year on New Years day. It did not kill me so I guess it made me stronger.
We parked at the base of the cliff, parking in the public parking area and walked the mile or so to the top. Very nice hike....all uphill so moderately difficult, (but at least it was short!) and had a beautiful view of the Potomac River. I think it's best hiked in fall or winter after all the leaves are down....beautiful views much of the way.
Neat at the top. Incline isn't terrible. I havent hiked in about 7 years and did this fairly easily. wouldn't take a child younger than 5.
Actually started this at the base of the cliff, rather than from Harper's Ferry. A steep, difficult climb at least for this 59-year-old guy, but the view at the top is worth the effort of every step. The trail flattens out past the cliffs and becomes a much less strenuous hike. On a hot day, the breeze along the ridge is a welcome gift, even though you're in shade for nearly all of the distance. If you have the time, taking the trail all the way to Gathland State Park is a great way to finish, provided someone is there to pick you up!
Went a few miles north on the AT from the parking area until turning around and running down to the C&O Canal towpath. Great views from the cliffs. Good alternative to Maryland Heights.