Best trails in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia

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Looking for a great trail in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ranging from 1.2 to 50.9 miles and from 272 to 1,512 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. There's a wide variety of experiences for visitors of all ages, so come and discover Harpers Ferry.

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Map of trails in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia
Park information
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
304-535-6029
Top trails (20)
#1 - Maryland Heights Loop
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 41 m
NOTE: You can't park on Sandy Hook Road anymore. You can park for this hike at the train station in Harpers Ferry. The parking lot by Harper's Ferry is small and often full on the weekends. The parking there is currently free due to CoVid, as the National Park is closed. Parking at the train station increases this hike to about 6.7 miles if you hike the upper trail. To get back to trail head use the West rail bridge to cross which is down the end of the street away from the train station. Notes on the hike: From the parking lot, you need to cross the pedestrian walkbridge across the Potomac and then turn left on the towpath after descending from the bridge. The connector from the Overlook to the highway is closed from Feb to July 31 for Peregrine falcon nesting (so bake an extra 2.2 miles to double back to the Maryland heights trailhead). Park opens at 9:00 a.m The trail from parking lot, starts by mulch pile in back. You can also take a bus from parking lot to trailhead. Scenic overlook, civil war fortifications, moderate to strenuous climb. History combined with beauty! This is a hike over well-marked trails with many interpretive signs along the way. There are some steep climbs and some rocky terrain. The hike features a spectacular overlook of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. However, it doesn't come easily. The hike also includes much history. The trail passes remains of fortifications built by the Union forces in 1862 after their defeat at Harpers Ferry. There are ammunition pits, breastworks, powder magazines, and gun batteries along the trail. The remains of the main fort are at the summit of Maryland Heights. Show more
#2 - Maryland Heights via Harper's Ferry
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Portions of Maryland Heights may be close seasonally for peregrine falcon nesting season. For more information, please see the park's website.Show more
#3 - Loudoun Heights Trail to Split Rock
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 3 h 25 m
This high ground was occupied by Confederate general John George Walker during the Battle of Harpers Ferry, September 12-September 15, 1862. Loudoun Heights was also the site of a night attack made on January 10, 1864, by Col. John S. Mosby's Rangers against Major Henry A. Cole's 1st Potomac Home Brigade Maryland Volunteer Cavalry. Mosby's attack failed and ended a long run of engagements between Mosby's Rangers and Cole's Cavalry. The Battle of Loudoun Heights was a small cavalry skirmish during the American Civil War between John Mosby's Rangers and Major Henry A. Cole's 1st Potomac Home Brigade Maryland Cavalry on January 9, 1864, in Loudoun County, Virginia. Cole's Cavalry successfully defended a night raid against their camp on Loudoun Heights. The fight was one of the first engagements in which Union forces held their own against Mosby's vaunted partisans.Show more
#4 - Appalachian Trail: Keys Gap to Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 7 h 9 m
#5 - Appalachian Trail: Harpers Ferry to Gathland State Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 18.7 mi • Est. 9 h
#6 - Murphy-Chambers Farm Loop Trail
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
This trail in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will take you on a history journey through the foot steps of the past. In 1894, Washington, D.C. journalist Kate Field, who had a keen interest in preserving memorabilia of John Brown, spearheaded a campaign to return the fort to Harpers Ferry. Local resident Alexander Murphy made five acres available to Miss Field, and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad offered to ship the disassembled fort to Harpers Ferry free of charge. In 1895, John Brown's Fort was rebuilt on the Murphy Farm about three miles outside of town on a bluff overlooking the Shenandoah River. Show more
#7 - Harper's Ferry Apalachian Trail Loop
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 52 m
#8 - Harpers Ferry Lower Town Trail Loop
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
This trail loop takes you on a history tour of Harpers Ferry Lower Town. The history of Harpers Ferry has few parallels in the American drama. It is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It is multi-layered - involving a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.Show more
#9 - Visitor Center to Split Rock to Lower Town Loop
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
#10 - Visitor Center to Maryland Heights Loop
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
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