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I hike this trail often. Going on the upper trail is only hard until the second sign; it's a little after that that it levels off. I like going the normal way, the hike is really easy once you get up to the ridge.

As for the main overlook, there are plenty of side overlooks, not just a few. You just have to search for them, as I did this morning.

hiking
1 day ago

I hiked this trail today with one of my pups. I chose to go down the Rose trail, venture to dark hollow falls and then return via the fire road. My god said the route was about 4.25 miles.

Overall this was a very nice hike. There are a few sections that are a bit rocky or steep, but the vast majority of the hike is quite scenic and easy going.

I strongly suggest taking the red trail to THE overlook and get that iconic view of Harper’s Ferry then taking the beginning of the loop to the stone fort on that side. Having gained some elevation on the red trail, that side of the loop up is kinder. The other side (the first choice for the loop you come to off the red trail) is a real slog uphill.

It is crowded, but the view on the red trail is a great reward. There really are only 1 or 2 views off the loop, but the history and historical markers are great! The loop trail (baby blue and blue marked) wasn’t nearly so crowded the day I went.

Perfect for some quality time with fantastic photo opportunities! The Falls were great but you still have to be physically fit to endure this trek round trip. Plan about 1.5 hrs with kids and fun at the Falls.

Down, down, down means a long hike back up. One nice view of the falls on the way down, then you can circle back to the trailhead. If you have time and energy to go all the way to the base of the falls, go for it - it’s beautiful, but it’s the hardest part of the trail - steep and rocky.

This is beautiful

This was our 1st hike in Patapsco Valley State Park and we loved it. The path from Landing road was easy to find. The waterfall was cool and offered a nice resting & refuel waypoint. After we crossed the waterfall we completed the loop which offered a few nice elevation changes. We had to follow the GPS to complete the loop, we had to back track twice to stay on the correct trail.

hiking
6 days ago

I avoided Harper’s Ferry parking by (being really lucky) grabbing a parking spot along Sandy Hook Rd on the Maryland side.

This trail is busy.
Even at noon in July. You will never feel alone!

Shady, well maintained trail that has some good ascents with levels in between, so you don’t feel like you’re pushing uphill the entire time. Because of the heat, and the fact that I had a dog with me, I skipped the upper loop and beelined to the overlook. Absolutely worth dealing with parking and people to get to see this iconic view of Harper’s Ferry at the confluence of the ‘Doah and the Potomac.

I will absolutely be back to this one!

hiking
6 days ago

This is one of my favorite day hikes. On today's trip we left with clouds forming over the mountains. I was hoping to get to the cave before it rained, however, I was a mile and half short. We got drenched. Shared the cave with a group of Americorp volunteers who were out working on the trail. There is an awesome discrete campsite off the trail close to the cave.

Great hike with the kids! Tons of stop off points. Front end is more entertaining than the back end. Though the back end is definitely less trafficked.

Great hike with the family yesterday. We hiked the outer loop and also all of the extension trails. It was a total of 8.5 miles and that took us 5 hours to complete.

Do not take your dog on this trail!!! It destroyed my dogs paw pads and she hasn't walked in days. She hikes every weekend and we have never had this problem before. Please don't make the same mistake I did!

backpacking
9 days ago

Decided to do a last minute backcountry camp by the falls. Enjoyed the hike down and up very much, little hard on the knees going down and gets you winded going up especially when you backpacking with an old alice pack with 40lbs of camp gear. Nonetheless it was a great time.

Amazing!

Such an amazing place to hike and see all the different falls. Definitely have good shoes for this as it gets slippery. It's well worth spending the day

Great trail, lots of wildlife, beautiful waterfall

Great hike with lots of little spots for wading in the water or shallow pools for kids to play in.

very nice walk and good get away!!!

Fun hike. some fairly steep areas but most trails are wide and easy to navigate.
Great combo of history and cardio!

Easy hike- took my 7yr old and puppy. Small but pretty waterfall and pretty walk along the creek. A lot of families, kids, bikers, runners. Felt safe. Overall very nice

Very cute easy trail that is very well maintained! Came across a handful of mountain bikers throughout the 3mile hike and plenty of people and dogs. Wasn’t as crowded as I thought it’d be (definitely not as bad as sugarloaf mountain). The falls are tiny but cute and it has 2 small pools below it that you can hang out in. The top pool is only about 3ft deep at its deepest and the bottom pool is max 2ft deep. Great spot to bring a friendly dog (my 10lb dog loved it, couldn’t bring my 30lb dog because she doesn’t do well with large numbers of nearby dogs while on leash)

Great waterfall!!! The track back is challenging but so worth it, the waterfall is lovely.

trail running
14 days ago

My friend and I “ran” this trail during a visit to Harpers Ferry NHP. It was challenging on the way up, and the scenery was so worth it. I recommend the entire loop, the view at the top is stunning.

Great family hike, enjoyed the falls! Easy walk down, a little bit rough on the way back out.

Beautiful hike only draw back is the multitude of people and the lack of knowledge on trail etiquette. Not sure there is a slow time but worthy the views

Great hike. Steep and rocky

hiking
15 days ago

There is a longer trail this is apart of that you get to see three different and beautiful waterfalls! Very accessible to all! The park does cost an entrance fee per person. The trails and waterfalls were packed. Many people were swimming at the waterfalls. The rocks are very slippery be cute to wear shoes with traction. The trails are also not very well marked. Be prepared to feel lost. But once you get to the falls it will all be worth it.

hiking
15 days ago

The view and trail was great! We are new to hiking and we’re able to complete the entire loop in ~3.25 hours, including stopping for pictures. I recommend parking at the visitors center ($10 per vehicle) and walking or taking the shuttle to Lower Town (5 minute ride); this helps you avoid congestion in Lower Town.

The trail to the overlook was pretty crowded (as expected), but the additional loop up to the 100 lbs battery and fort was almost empty.

Overall, a great hike with worthwhile views/resting points. We will be back.

hiking
16 days ago

Very Rocky, overall a great challenge.

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