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Took a group of tiger cubs up and back. Worked well for the kids and parents. Very easy hike with a nice reward for the kids.

hiking
22 hours ago

I don’t think this is hard at all. We went there after the first snow of 2018. It was very pretty at the cliff overlook.

hiking
1 day ago

Did this hike last year. It’s a decent hike for the area. Good views and some rock scrambling. Does get crowded and I prefer more quiet hikes.

The northwest trail is nice and well indicated. However the trail on the other side of the creek is more challenging. The blue markers are not consistent throughout the trails and sometime the grass is overgrown and it’s hard to know which way to go. Also you have to go over huge logs to cross the creek at several points. But overall still a pleasant walk near the water.

nature trips
7 days ago

Stunning fall foliage and brookside hike. Only downside: inadequate signage, especially including indicators of which way takes you back to the parking lot.

hiking
7 days ago

Can be very windy. We did it in the fall so some parts of the trail that were covered in leaves were hard to see. Slipped a few times. Otherwise it was a good hike. The stone fort was not what I expected, in a good way. Make sure you bring water and be ready for an uphill hike.

Fun trail and beautiful views!

This is a fun and relatively easy hike, but there is a section at about the 5 mile mark where the trail is difficult to follow (at least under a heavy amount of fallen leaves) and the yellow blazes are few-and-far-between. That can easily be fixed with a can of paint. My final numbers were 7.3 miles with 693' of elevation gain. I definitely plan to return someday and check out a few of the other trails.

hiking
11 days ago

Went here on 11/3/18 and loved the trail. Most of the trail is uphill, however I don't think the rating of "hard" is accurate. I would say this trail is moderate, as most of it is doable for most. There were a ton of people there already by the time we arrived (10am), so the earlier you get there the better.

The view from the overlook is amazing and well worth the climb. The town of Harper's Ferry is fun walking through as well.

Of all the hiking we do, this trail was WAY too crowded with oblivious people not paying attention or being considerate to those actually trying to take in the surrounding nature. Everyone goes for the iconic overlook photo (which of course, I did too), but there were way too many people to actually enjoy the view. This trail is rated as “hard” but I’ve done harder sections of the AT that are rated as “moderate” on this app. I feel the difficulty rating on this trail is a little off.

Gets a tad crowded during beautiful days

There’s a super rewarding view for such a tough incline hike.

With twists and turns with nice resting rocks and pretty foliage as well as some wide open paths. Pretty crowded since the town is close by and with it being the fall weather. Does allow for options for food, rest and short visits.

I love the difficulty and variety of the A loop- I think it’s one of the most challenging hikes in the DMV area. Pretty high trafficked route.

Beautiful views on the blue trail! We got a little turned around at the white rock viewpoint but eventually found our way back to the trail. Would definitely hike this trail again!

hiking
15 days ago

Fun Hike! Great for kids.

hiking
17 days ago

fall is a great time to come here..also, I have always done this trail counter-clockwise. I prefer to end with the " thrill" instead of starting with it.

hiking
18 days ago

Has anyone tried this hike from Sandy Hook?

hiking
20 days ago

Easy quick hike with a couple of great over look spots and picnic tables right on one. Great for children and dogs.

This hike was more of a nature walk. My husband carried our son in his carrier and there were no issues at all. One stream crossing but crossed easily. Path is very wide, was slightly muddy but expected after a day of rain. Took about 1.5 hours to complete the loop. Lots of spurs off the main trail if you wanted to do more. Went on a Sunday and passed about 10 other groups.

hiking
23 days ago

Not incredibly hard at all. Went with a first time hiker and did both the stone fort trail and the overlook. Beginning of stone fort and the decline of stone fort and the incline back up from the overlook of the town are the hardest parts. Most other parts are a piece of cake for the most part. Would not recommend the trail to those with very limited mobility. Those that are not in that great of shape just take it slow. Do not be scared of the HARD rating, the challenge and the reward at the overlook is definitely worth the hike. Views are not that great on the stone fort portion, but you do get more of a history lesson on this trail. It is also pretty cool to imagine the men back then dragging weaponry up the trails you are hiking and also to picture how the campground, forts, batteries, etc. were laid out. Fun place to hike. Do not skip it just because of the rating. Foliage definitely not peaked yet as of October 24th. Downtown is very pretty now though

Great trip to Garvey and back. Fun overnight. The beginning of the trail can make you rethink going but it gets better once you get to the top.

This trail is currently closed due to damaged caused by summer storms. The trail needs to be rebuilt.

hiking
28 days ago

We parked up at the visitor center and walked the towpath to trail A. We did Trail A & C. Trail B is closed. Trail is A is a lot of climbing up and over rocks for 90% of the trail. I loved it. Ankles are a little sore but worth it. Follow the Blue blazes on trees/rocks. We began at 8:30 on a Saturday and it was very less people but it got much busier as day went on. Rocks can be slippery and sandy if it has rained. Be careful. Not a good trail for those who are timid or have knee issues.

Then we took the towpath to Trail C and that is a regular flat trail along the river. Easy to navigate.

River view is amazing and see it the whole way. Bring water and a snack if doing 2-3 trails.

hiking
29 days ago

A good hike with moderately difficult inclines both up and down. Rewards are interesting historical tidbits and gorgeous views. Unpleasantly crowded today.

Fun trail, many rocks to climb and great views.

Beautiful hike! The first 0.4 miles are a steady incline, it levels off for about 0.15 miles then goes back to a steady incline for the next 0.4 miles. It is about a mile to get from the parking area to the Weaverton Cliffs overlook. The overlook has stunning views of the Potomac and the mountains on the Virginia side. From there, the hike has an easy, steady incline along the AT - which I would say is probably on the easy side since it essentially just follows the ridge. There is a nice parking area but no bathroom.

I enjoyed this trail. Because of needing a knee replacement, this trail was more challenging for me than it would be for others.

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