Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A great trail for a peaceful walk with the dog.

The man at the visitor center looked at my kids and I and implied that this trail would be too hard for us. It wasn't. The hike to the lower town, using this trail, it's a lot of walking but not that difficult. We modified it and crossed over and and went up the AT and then over to the AT conservancy. Going up that part of the AT was quite strenuous but the visitor center trail wasn't bad. It's very pretty coming down from the visitor center to the road. You follow along a waterfall and it's quite lovely. My kids (4 and 5 at the time) LOVED it. The lower part of town is quite pretty along the banks of the Shenandoah, be sure to add that part on if you modify like we did.

Did a 2 night camping trip starting from Harper’s Ferry visitor center, which allows you to park for 3 days for $10. This adds about 0.50 miles one way to your journey.

At key’s gap you can get food and water at a gas station 0.3 miles down the highway that intersects the trail.

Hiked past Keys Gap as far south as “trail to blackburn trail center”, which is about 3.5 miles past the David Lessner Memorial Shelter and has an ok view. From there I doubled back. Several camp sites along the way, deer sighting, flowering trees and butterflies.

On my way back, about 1 mile before reaching Harper’s ferry, I took the blue blaze trail at the junction to get some nice views of the river. This will add a couple more miles to your trip. It’s worth it because this section of the AT is all woods and doesn’t have great views.

So far so good!

Great experience..

It was a nice trail with history and fall colors. Worth a stop.

Nice section of the AT with easy access from Keys Gap Parking lot on Hwy 9. Not many elevation changes but sturdy shoes and trekking sticks are helpful because this trail has many rock crawls.

Nice morning walk with the dog. Starts off from parking lot down the ridge to the battlefields. Cannons and lots of historical signs then back up the ridge to the parking lot.

Mostly flat along the ridge line, but rocky. Historic Harpers Ferry was a great surprise.

pretty easy, fairly scenic. not as much foot traffic as some of the others nearby

A bit rocky but nice trail. Met many great hikers and their dogs!

Enjoyable hike. Well maintained trails.

Great loop hike. Easy for all ages. Nicely shaded in areas and oh so quiet.... a hidden gem.

Enjoyable and well marked. I started from the Harper's main parking lot, which adds two miles. There are a few rocky sections, moderate to easy. Very peaceful. I went on a beautiful Saturday and saw other hikers every twenty minutes or so.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is a pretty easy trail that isn't remote at all, so you can take a break and visit a shop or just wander. It's paved and wide for better access.

This is a nice trail that is mainly a small incline with rolling fields. Plenty of Civil War historical facts to look at, and learn about. Took both dogs and only saw two other hikers. I would imagine it is busy in nice weather

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

great trail..

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Best experience I've had since retirement.

Was considered "the end of the line" for my wife and I whom had hiked down from New York on the A.T.
She suffered from dehydration, giardia, and broke her ankle.

Went from keys gap to the 340 bridge in Harper's ferry and back . Overall a pretty mellow trail but I will note it's very rocky and the Loudoun heights climb is pretty strong especially when muddy . Wet and muddy today so the rocks were slippery but still a great time. Not to many views but a few cool campsites and some nice wildlife sightings . I ran some and hiked some to make sure I got back before dark . Trail is getting dark about 430 or so and is a little creepy lol

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

We started this hike in Harpers Ferry, and passed Keys Gap, ended at Blackburn Trail Center where we parked the second car. This is part of the Appalachian Trail VA/WV section hike. The total distance is 11.5 miles.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Very interesting trail with lots of History.

this was a good short hike that we decided to do at the spur of the moment with our kids... only took about 4 hours with stops with our girls but good views and educational boards on the way

Nice easy trail. I take my 4 kids (10,5,3,5 mos) down it regularly.

This was a very easy Trekk from the parking spot off of Rt. 9 in VA. We started our hike here and stoppes in Warners Gap, MD. The keys gap section was the easiest section of our trip, is a very rocky path so make sure you have some good shoes on. We did pass 2 small camping areas that wasn't listed on the A.T. web page that looked like a nice little over night stay for someone who is looking for an easy in and out camp night.

This is great trail! I got rained on about halfway back and it was an amazing experience to just let go and enjoy it!

The AT never disappoints and this portion of the trail, know as "the roller coaster," was a lot of fun. I hiked this with my dog as an out and back today and saw very few people. It's rocky, so the poles help, and the yak trax helped with the snow/ice. Beautiful views of the valley in the winter.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

depending where you start, Starting on the MD side its all down hill and ends in Harppers Ferry. Starting in Harppers Ferry It's all up hill.

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