Explore the best trails near Harpers Ferry with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
dogs on leash
A nice fairly easy hike with Civil war history along the loop. Allow about 2 - 2.5 hours in and out. Starting at the NPS visitors center. Cross the road where you entered. Follow the trial along the road. After you enter the woods there is a trail to the left that goes down the ravine, take that.
After doing a loop to reach the overlook to Harpers Ferry, we decided to drive to the Weverton Cliffs (9 mins) and do a short hike. It was continuously uphill but it was quite easy. There are so many leaves on the pathway during fall that you can easily slip. The cliffs are really nice and worth the trip if you have extra time after finishing a hike nearby.
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.
This tranquil scenic area was the site of a munitions factory during the Civil War. If you have the opportunity to take a guided hike with a park volunteer, do it. If not, enjoy the lush greenery and the views of the river. A nice hike for a muggy summer day.
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
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.
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.