Explore the most popular hiking 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.

A little muddy after days of heavy rain, but still an easy & pleasant hike with the dog.

This is one tough hike. But well worth it. The views at the top of the mountain is beautiful. It overlooks the town of harpers ferry. I hike it at least once a month. A must do

11 days ago

I thought I was in shape until I walked this "moderate" trail. How wrong I was! This is one of the most strenuous trails I have done in months. The overlook at the top was beautiful & well worth the photos I was able to get... but I would have prepared more for the walk if I had known just how difficult it was going to be. Take lots of water.

This trail is NOT moderate. It is strenuous, but worth every step. stunning vista view is your reward for a challenging climb.

We hiked this March 24, 2018, after a small blizzard in the area. It was absolutely magical! There was almost a foot of snow. Beware... this trail gets icy FAST. We had poles and microspikes, and used them most of the hike. The people without spikes looked pretty miserable. This is a steep trail, but offers great views at the end!

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.

solid hike with my two dogs.prefer the hike to md heights

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.

Great hiking!

27 days ago

I went in the afternoon on a Thursday. Parking is difficult near the trailhead, but I waited about five minutes and somebody finished s joke and moved their car. This is a great work out, which is why it’s one of my favorite local hikes. But the mileage is confusing. Is it 2+ miles to the Overlook the most direct way? Not sure. But I completed it in about an hour and a half -spent half an hour admiring the amazing view of the “toy” town of Harpers Ferry at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers! Especially lovely in the spring when the redbuds have blossomed and trees are turning that vivid Spring Green!

27 days ago

great hike

This hike is 5 stara when only a few people are there. It's 1 star when there are a lot. The amount of people "hiking" this trail yesterday was insane. Just to give you an idea, I passed 62 people just from the parking lot to the fork to the upper trail.

1 month ago

Easy/moderate. Pretty good views but can be SUPER crowded on weekends. Parking is a bitch. But the trail itself isn’t too bad. Will be back there again

Wonderful hike! My daughter and I completed the 4.3 loop and found it challenging but enjoyable. It is quite steep but if you enjoy the beauty of the woods with occaisional glimpses of the river you will like this hike.

1 month ago

First 30 to 40 minutes steep climb to the Civil War era Union fort is strenuous. But once you reach there its all flat and down hill to the overlook. Great workout, great views and interesting history.
I was able to park at trail head due to coming here early on a weekday. Did not see anyone at top .. which was awesome!

1 month ago

We found this walking/ hiking trail tiring and exhausting but it’s worth it once we reached the cliff .. beautiful views of Harpers Ferry town and surrounding rivers..

1 month ago

I would rate this trail as hard, not moderate, because it is steep the entire way up and it doesn’t level out much at any place, but the view at the end is totally worth it! Not a trail for the faint of heart. Also, I would recommend bringing extra water bottles!

Great work out!

GREAT climb. challenging for first hike of the year...but so glad we did it. Harper's ferry appears like a model train set from that high up. We both said Wow!

Very well established trail. Great vista with beautiful view of Harpers Ferry. More crowded than I would have liked.

My ankles are a bit sore, and I have a blister or two, but this hike was awesome! It kicked my butt but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The orange path was pretty rough, kinda steep. A lot of dogs on the path which surprised me. I don’t think my doggo could handle it, but they seemed just fine!

View from split rock is nice, but otherwise the scenery is meh. Could just be the time of the year though.

1 month ago

Great hike with some good altitude gain. I recommend going counterclockwise in order to get the views into Harpers Ferry earlier in the day so photos avoid the sun in your face. Then move up to the north part of the hike in order to enjoy great easterly views for lunch.

This hike is hard enough without a foot + of snow on it. But with the snow, Maryland height's evil stepsister is flat out brutal. I had tried to get up to the overlook during Wednesday's snowstorm, but turned around 3/4 of the way to the top. Today, I noticed someone made it to the top of the mountain, but turned around. So today I carved the path to the overlook.

The overlook at split rock cliff, really all four overlooks were absolutely stunning. I am so glad I fought through the snow to get to them. It was well worth the effort, though I didn't stay too long at any of them as there was a strong wind.

Great hike! The loop is not quite as loop-like as I was hoping. But the overlook is beautiful! Would do again!

We took our dog from the visitors center up to the overlook. Its a beautiful walk about 9 miles round trip. Well marked with very clear paths. We went in March and I bet in warmer months it gets popular on weekends, so be prepared for crowds.

Nice scenic walk. Lots of people on nice weekend days...

Great hike, can be challenging for a beginner but we still loved it and the views were absolutely incredible at the top. Kind of rocky in places so watch your step.

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