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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.
Brian W. on Raven Rock Trail
Ravens Rock is a better overlook than the Main Overlook, in my opinion. Be very careful, especially with children, as there are no railings at the overlook. The power lines at the end kind of mess is up, but it's still beautiful....The trail itself is like a gravel road near the beginning but it improves the further you go. Lots of nice scenery and little side trails along the way. It's family/pet friendly, but you must have decent feet/stability as it is very rocky in places. This is my favorite trail at Coopers Rock S.P.
Brian W. on Rock City Trail
This is a beautiful trail that gets heavy foot traffic in the tourist season. It's well marked, well maintained and is family/pet friendly. The "rock city" at the end of the trail is absolutely amazing, but beware of rattlesnakes!! This trail is one of my top three trails in the park (along with Ravens Rock and the Underlook). Don't forget about the R.C. trail when visiting Coopers Rock, you won't be disappointed!!
This was a great day hike through scenic forest that opens up to rocky bluffs with outstanding views. You can do this hike as a return, but we found it easier to take the game trail out to the road and walk back to the parking area that is right across from the trail head.
Easy hike for some interesting history. I have done this hike in all seasons...I like fall and snow covered winter the best. Note: during winter months you may have to park at the outer parking area. You can get to the furnace by walking down the paved road that leads to the parking area for the clay furnace trail, or you can take the off road advanced ski trail, which will lead you right to the furnace.
This is a perfect day hike. 3 hrs from the parking lot, with a quick break at the overlook for a snack. Appropriately rated as intermediate. Well marked and maintained trail. Impossible to get lost. Great views. Bonus of being close to historic Harpers Ferry and including part of the AT. Maryland heights used to be my go to day hike in the area. This trail is more challenging/interesting, parking is easier, and the views are equivalent. It'll be my new day hike to take friends/family members visiting the area.