Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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

hiking
10 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.

Great hiking!

hiking
26 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!

hiking
26 days ago

great hike

walking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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..

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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...

Lots of uphill hiking! The views are spectacular and I loved the signs explaining the history of the area.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail !! I did the trail in the fall !

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with views all the way up and down. Good incline on way up. Somewhat rocky, nice hike with dogs

also saw a military plane/jet similar to an "osprey" fly perpendicular with the ridge line extremely low to the ground, wicked sight.

This trail is great! It’s well marked and a great workout. One of my favorites!

hiking
3 months ago

Had a great time on this trail. Challenging climb in the beginning but worth it once you’re at the top! Plenty of historical sites & views to check out before you begin your decent. Did this in early February so it was a bit cold & windy. Would suggest folks make sure to have a windproof shell or other outer layer to stay comfortable when the wind picks up.

Great hike with many wonderful views. When you come down the steps from visitors center and cross over the road there is a sign for the River trail. This trail follows the Shenandoah into Harpers ferry as well. It is not well maintained and there are no markers but a clear trail that follows the river. Beautiful scenery especially at daybreak. The round trip to Maryland heights then back thru Harpers ferry makes for a great day of hiking.

Steep climb but ohhh so worth the views!!!

One of my all time favorites.

hiking
5 months ago

Enjoyable...the extra hike to the fort at the top was tough but an great day hike.

Great hike, even for beginners. Even after a snowfall.

Great views. Went in 2016.

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