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3 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.

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.

Nice hike very dog friendly. Not marked well.

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

Love this trail! Beautiful and fun!!!

hiking
13 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
14 days ago

Has anyone tried this hike from Sandy Hook?

Hike along water streams, nice view.

LOVED the waterfall. Easy hike, bring shoes that you don't mind soaking because you will have to go through about mid calf deep water to get to the falls. Parking is limited and a Ranger stands guard. after about 10am in the spring/summer and you'll be waiting to park. Once I got to the falls I was glad parking was limited because it kept the amount of people limited. Kid friendly, I saw 2 and 3 year olds there but even mid August with 100°+ the water was FREEZING. I put my head under the falls and instantly lost my breath because it was so cold.

hiking
15 days ago

the hike was beautiful and the Park Rangers or Volunteers were very helpful in getting me to the portion of trail I wanted to be at. I didn't see any rumored "ruins" but the trail has lots of waterfalls, a cool swinging bridge and lots of BIKES. The people on bikes were very friendly but they rode fast and you have very little time to move out of the way. I'd go again though.

Beautiful trail. Almost missed the waterfall after making the entire loop, but checked the map on this app and backtracked a bit to the falls. Glad we did! Definitely a moderate hike, not too much in the way of elevation, and all around enjoyable. We will be back!

hiking
19 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

The wife and I have been biking and hiking daily. - We are conditioning ourselves for our annual 3 day hike in the Shenandoah National Park. - We leave the first week of Nov.. for The Blue Ridge Mountains.
With the parks closing their gates early we now park at Marley Mall or L.A. Fitness. This gives us the option to bike later in the evening but it's also getting cooler out. - Even with winter clothes on I still carry a backpack. - I can make hot chocolate with my cook kit.

The hike itself was beautiful, but I found the trail to be poorly marked and we missed the trail to do the full loop and had multiple other hikers ask us for directions back to their cars. I would definitely hike it again, but would use the map more instead of trusting the trail.

hiking
25 days ago

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

Nice hike. A group of us did it after the marathon/half marathon October 2018. It was a bit much for the day after the race, but the view at the top was worth it.

Great hike. One of my first solo hikes. I was a bit nervous alone, but it was so well marked and a decent amount of people on the trail. There’s a long walk from the parking lot to the trail head and then another walk to the actual trail head of the loop. Stop by the visitors center first.

Tough uphill but evens out and gets easier about halfway through.

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I are not experienced hikers so this “moderate” trail was actually challenging to us. It’s uphill all the way! Once you get up to the top ( took us an hour and a half— we took the 3.0 mile option), the view of the rivers Potomac and Shenandoah, and the town of Harpers Ferry below you is well worth the tired feet. We were there Oct 6th. Plan to go back to the area in a couple weeks to see the fall colors. It’s still pretty green there now.

Short trek but cool falls. Lots of people. Would rate higher if longer and less people

visited this trail this morning. it was lightly trafficked until about 11am, but not overly busy.
great waterfall view. trail is fairly well marked.
Short hike that could be done in as little as an hour if you aren't exploring the other side or breaking for sweet pictures.

Very beautiful musuem and trail . This trail is not well marked - it is located behind a horse farm on the underground railroad museum property. There is a small sign with a hiking man. I Took my daughter (8years old) and our dog. Not too difficult. Beautiful Creek and spring. Some spots are a little over grown- so be careful of postion ivy . Overall pleasant.

hiking
1 month ago

Today I was planing to hike the Patapsco Valley State Park in the Avalon section but the park was closed. It's Flooded again for the Eighth time this year. - Knowing that the earthen trails via the woods are super muddy I have to change plans. - Not having my bike with me I decided to hike a section of the BWI. - I hiked along the Horse Farm section which provided some of the biggest hills of the whole loop. - There is one section of shade but most of my out and back was in the sun. - Glad the weather is cooling down but I wish it would stop raining all the time.

Nice quick day hike, the Stone Fort portion is significantly less crowded than the Overlook trail. Pretty wooded scenery all around, and a decent uphill climb to get to the ridge. There are several historical stops along the way. Bring plenty of water/electrolytes if it's warm. Near the stone fort and the armory the trail does get overgrown with vegetation but we had no problem with staying on the trail. The Overlook portion offers stunning views of Harpers Ferry. That portion of the trail is quite crowded. Overall certain parts of the trail are uneven and/or rocky, but I wore running shoes, not hiking shoes, and I had no problem. Hiking specific footwear would be better in rainy weather or for those needing the extra support. Any healthy dog (or human) can do this trail, however this ain't your granddad's trail. Took us around 3 hours and that was a very leisurely pace.

TL;DR Worth the climb if you want to get a decent day hike in, more moderate than difficult, many historic stops along the way.

Very fun. Took the blue trail, tough climb at the beginning which is why Abe Lincoln didn’t get to see the guns at the top. Some great views but the trail is overgrown in places. Use the app to find your way of off course. The overlook is breathtaking. Took the goat trail down from there. Fun but challenging. Great day.

Definitely worth it but it is difficult. For someone who doesn’t hike a lot, it will take a while to do the climb in and out of the overlook trail. The views of Harpers Ferry from the overlook are spectacular. The green and red trails are well marked

hiking
1 month ago

Poor markers, I would rate this moderate. The first mile is really steep and then it’s pretty flat and easy. Still a great hike!

The Food System Lab @ Cylburn ran by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is a nice bonus on Sunday. Baltimore is a great city!

nice ride. beautiful scenery and the bikers are friendly and respectful

Growth on the upper trail in spots is now making it tricky to move at speed in spots near the top.

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