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1 day ago

Pretty easy and steady hike to the top. Nice wide trails and very well maintained. Went on a Monday morning and only saw one other person. The short scramble past the platform was fun. The view is the same, but the added fun was well worth it. If your clumsy, stay off, otherwise I’d recommend going the extra 100ft.

hiking
4 days ago

I've always loved history. But the authentic Union Army fortifications...the breastworks / rifle pits...wow. Just unbelievable. They beckon the emotions to a high level of empathy. Not to mention the breathtaking beauty of zero undergrowth forest, overlooks and the great exercise. Wonderful experience.

This trail has a really long incline. Once you reach the flat-ish section along the ridge, it is nice. When it's 25 to 30 degrees and midweek, you have the trail to yourself

Fun trail. Little muddy, but not terribly. Passed a couple groups of bikes, maybe eight bikes in total. Trail itself was maybe moderate difficult, at most, but definitely wouldn’t give it a difficult rating. Would hike it again for sure. Seems like a great tubing or swimming spot in the summer!

hiking
10 days ago

Being from Texas and mostly hiking flat terrain, this trail was all up hill and it was great. Not only is it a historical Civil War trail but it is challenging and beautiful!

hiking
11 days ago

Great easy and scenic trail. If you’re into trail running it’s a steady incline with even ground until you get the rocks on top. Be extra careful on the rocky area because it was snow covered and slippery.

hiking
12 days ago

So it is a beautiful place even though it is December. It however is really poorly marked. There are a lot of marks for the yellow trail though and those areas seemed to be the best taken care of. I am not sure how well this trail is maintained in the summer as it seemed like it was pretty overgrown in some areas the further you get on the trail. Overall though my youngest loved it and we all enjoyed our day. Do make sure you have the app with you and a map though, otherwise you could find yourself out here for a very long time.

beautiful trail. everything about it was perfect.

Hiked the upper trail loop today down to the main overlook. I took a very brisk pace and finished the whole hike in about 1 hour 15 minutes.

...pretty sure I saw bear tracks at the top of the maryland heights trail as I crested the ridge. They were meandering from side to side on the trail and eventually turned into the woods.

11-18, Took us 2hr 40 mins to complete. Spectacular views along the Potomac. I think I’ve have given it a 5-star rating if it was an out and back but I didn’t love the 2nd half (away from the water). Overall a really nice hike. Not too much elevation gain.

hiking
17 days ago

Very picturesque.

June 2018- took us a little over 3.5 hours. We left at 9 AM and parking was fine. Saw the ATC, pretty views of the Potomac and Harpers Ferry.

This is a beautiful Maryland trail to hike. We went on a chilly November day so it wasn’t too crowded. Well worth it, very pretty overlook. Took us about 2 hours 15 mins.

hiking
20 days ago

We went to this trail last Sunday. Not overly strenuous or crowded on a warm autumn day. Muddy in sections which is to be expected after it rained the day before. It’s a nice walk in the woods with minimal elevation. It’s been overlooked by us for the more popular park trails in the past. Well marked past the visitor center from the parking lot (on the left hand side). If you have a national parks pass entrance to the pay lot is free! Took us about 1.5 hours

hiking
20 days ago

The trail was beautiful, and the overlook is awesome. I'll be frank though, the overlook is really the main feature here. Hiking up to the loop and the fort is demanding, challenging, and... the payoff just isn't there. I love history and even I wasn't mega impressed, the only thing I could think when I got there was... "This is a perfect place for a fort, nobody on earth would like to march to this area and take it, and it's kind of boring." The trail is also rather badly marked once you get away from the beaten path of the overlook trail. It was quite challenging though and the overlook was beautiful enough to give it 4 stars.

I've done this trail 3 times now and it is one of my absolute favorites. The accessibility and parking is wonderful, and it's far enough away from the cities to make for a nice and quiet experience once you are past the initial part that runs along the highway. The fall colors are wonderful and the rocks themselves are so fun to sit on and look out over. It's my go to trail for anyone who can handle hiking as most people seem to be able to tackle this trail. It definitely earns its moderate rating but you get a blessing for your knees as once you get to the top of the initial incline you are treated with a few miles of flat-ish trail. Go treat yourself to Black Rock as well, it's worth it and still on level trail so it's not that much harder to get to.

One of my favorite short hikes in Maryland. Typically do an evening hike to catch the sunset while having a little picnic. Usually popular in the fall. Good for hiking and trail running. Easy trail open to all levels.

Annapolis Rocks offers one of the best views in the area especially during the fall when the leaves are at their most colorful. The hike itself is not strenuous, the grade is mild from the start all the way to the rocks. There is no worry of getting lost on this trail either. Once at the rocks, you can get some amazing pictures of the landscape but do be careful if standing near the edge. If you're lucky you might see some rock climbers scaling the face of the rocks as well. Great hike for families and dogs! Especially dogs, you will see a lot of those. This trail does require dogs on leashes but do be warned that the odds of unleashed dogs coming up to you and befriending you is quite high.

Maryland Heights is a fairly challenging hike due to it's steep incline that persists for the majority of it. For those just wanting to reach the overlook, which is an absolutely stunning view, there is a shorter trail that leads directly to it. The extended blue trail will test your endurance a bit more with a fairly long uphill climb to start out. The blue trail does level off though and offers some unique views of old fort battlements and then loops around to bring you to the overlook as well. This is a family friendly hike, however be prepared to take a few rests and feel those leg muscles burning.

hiking
23 days ago

I took the blue trail that veers left at the split. The sign says that the trail is strenuous, and I suppose the two inclines would get it that kind of rating. Once you get past the first incline, the trail becomes sort of flat-ish, but uneven at times. The trail is easy going until you get to the marker indicating the "Breast Works". This is your next incline and is a series of log steps. Once you get to the top there is a stone wall overlook. This is a good time to catch your breath and have a snack. There is some boulder scrambling that goes on, but nothing serious. Watch your step on the descent to where the trail will merge into the red trail that if you turn left, will take you to the overlook for Harpers Ferry. Turn right and it is down hill to the trail entrance.
Forgot it was a holiday wknd, AND, the weather was grand. Consequently I saw more people than I expected to see. Other than that it is a good hike. Midweek is a better option.

Took the Orange trail up to the summit. My sister and I found it kinda difficult but we only go hiking once a month or so. Great views once your up there. Took the white and blue trail down and did a couple miles. White and blue were not hard. All the trails are very well marked!

Awesome day trip hike. I’m an avid hiker struggling with some ankle instability and injuries. It was perfect to work on this on a 5 mike trek. Very muddy as we got an inch of rain yesterday. But that may have kept the crowded away. It was 59 degrees and sunny. We arrived at 11. No trouble parking and not crowded at all. Great experience.

While the overlook is cool, this is definitely a hard hike if you do it at a good pace. Straight uphill with no breaks. You can rocket down pretty easily but the climb up has no good scenery and you can add 4 miles to the trip if you have to park in the overflow lot. Which you will. If you have a dog, the shuttle wont take you, so you’ll trek 2 miles each way to the parking lot. Also, way, way too many people and poor hiking etiquette.

hiking
23 days ago

Very nice trail. Not too difficult. Plenty of options to go different ways so you don’t have to do all 10+ miles if you don’t have a time or inclination.

Great trail! Muddy but not too bad

Very muddy but a good trail for kids.

Wife and I hiked this route. It snowed the day before, so the melting snow made hiking a little treacherous, but not unmanageable. My only gripe was the trail was not marked showing the direction of split rock outlook. Once you know the colors of the trail markers, it's easy going. The trampled snow helped too. I'd do it again, just not when it was this late in the year.

Great trail for a beginner like me. So many shortcut trails within the main loop you can cut your trip short if you find yourself unprepared.

Many sections of trail turn to flowing water or ankle high puddles after a rain/snow melt, so be prepared.

Overall a great trail I recommend.

A short day hike. The best view was actually at the 3 overlooks.

hiking
1 month 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.

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