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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.

Growth on the upper trail in spots is now making it tricky to move at speed in spots near the top.

hiking
14 days ago

Great workout and great views!

Hard climb. We took 2 adults and 3 kids ages 9,10,and 12. Steep grades and some rock scrambling. The view was absolutely worth the effort. Bring lots of fluids. We had 68 oz and ran out on the way down.

Ive been hiking this trail so much it's easy now. Be aware that there are some places on the upper ridge where the growth almost covers the trail. (as of Saturday of Labor Day weekend)

hiking
15 days ago

It was difficult but definitely worth it!!
The view was absolutely beautiful!!

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing hike, and definitely quite a workout; but the views are worth it! I would definitely recommend bringing tons of water and proper hiking boots (especially in the summer)

fun trail with a rock scramble goimg to the 30 and 100 lb battery. view of Shepherdstown is awesome

This hiking trail was great for days that are not humid and hot when I went it was unbearable long and hard the whole way there was up hill and difficult when you finally get to the top of the mountain the view is amazing I don’t think it was worth the hike all the way up there and on the way back down the mountain it. Was extremely difficult and dangerous because you can easily slide down and get badly hurt i would not suggest this for older people I mean from age 55 and up and most important bring at least 15 bottles of water so you don’t faint and by the way I am 11 years old

Hiked the shorter trail twice. The view is well worth it. The trail is wide and easy to navigate for the most part, until you start to approach the overlook where it gets more narrow and rocky. Some moderately steep grades but nothing too difficult.

Tall grass. Lots of sunny areas. Go left at the loop as it is sharper hill that way.

First time I have hiked this. We hiked directly after hiking the Maryland Heights. Hot day but lots of fun. Around 15 miles in total

hiking
1 month ago

Second time this. We were with a Make-A-Wish fund raising group. It was super humid, but lots of fun. Great views of Harpers Ferry

The upper loop was challenging but leveled out at the top. plus there were much fewer people on that part of the trail

hiking
1 month ago

Parked at Harpers Ferry instead of trail head which adds about another mile each way. Park can be accessed earlier than stated opening time and boxes are used to pay entrance fees. From Harpers Ferry, you cross the bridge from West Virginia into Maryland with lots of opportunities to see trains emerging from the tunnel and passing by you. Overlook for harpers ferry second to none but can get crowded on weekends. If you do the full Maryland Heights loop, counter clockwise is less strenuous in terms of ascending to the top. Well populated trail with lots of friendly dogs.

This is a beautiful hike but it’s much more difficult than I expected. Be prepared and bring at least two liters of water per person. If you go in the summer like I did then you are going to sweat, a lot. Wear study hiking boots with ankle support, the rocky terrain can be tricky. Once you get to the overlook be prepared for one of the most majestic views you can see in this area. I happily spent 3 hours taking in the view and taking pictures whenever I noticed a change in the light. The trek back down reminds you of the pains you felt getting there as it starts with another difficult hike back to the main trail head, but once you get there it’s all down hill from there and is quite enjoyable as long as you’re paying attention to the rocks.

Fucking amazing excuse my langue but by far the best one I’ve ever done

hiking
1 month ago

Very tiring. Most of this hike is in the woods on a side of a mountain, but when you do get glimpses down, it is worth it.

I did this about a month ago. It’s a hard hike but the views are worth it. Bring lots of water! We almost ran out.

my go too hike because it's, beautiful, a great work out and I can get an ice cream in town when I'm done. This is not for people who are out of shape. on Sunday a woman had be be rescued because she couldn't make it. It is very busy and you will see a lot of people who should reconsider hiking this. please bring water and consider leaving the pups at home.

Harper's Ferry is an amazing little area and this is a great trail to get a commanding vantage point of the beautiful town and the three states it nestles between. Going up is relatively hard, especially on a hot, muggy day, but the overlook is completely worth the glute workout! Also, enjoy looking at the remnants of the canal, crossing the Potomac, and walking past John Brown's fort while on the trail. Afterwards, treat yourself to some ice cream or a cold one at many of the fine eateries in the town...you've earned it!

Very easy hike. Great for kids. Lots of cool things to see.

hiking
1 month ago

The view is worth the climb.

Not sure why this hike is rated as moderate — it is HARD. great day trip from Washington DC. But be prepared, we came across a number of hikers who turned back.

Make sure you bring plenty of water for the dogs. My boyfriends black lab and my golden retriever definitely got a work out. Wouldn’t take them again.

Just a heads up- the recent rains have not done a lot of damage to these trails, with one exception: the orange blazed trail had a large downed tree right at the start of the large hill, about 3/4 of the way to the blue trail heading towards Loudoun heights. The trail is at best marginally passable. I was able to squeeze through the tree, but it took a considerable amount of effort.

Solid hike, great views of the surrounding river and harpers ferry

Don't believe the previous review. While I'm off, I switch my hikes between Loudoun and Upper Maryland heights on a daily basis to exercise. Loudoun heights is at best slightly easier than upper Maryland heights, but only if you have the stamina to ascend for a longer period of time, and don't have issues with a significant and longer ascent after you get to the overlook.

1. If you want the trail to be harder, take the Orange trail 3/4 of the way up the mountain. It will be easier than the white trail until about 1/4 mile from where it meets the blue trail, where there is a steep hill.

To find the orange trail on the ascent, look for a section of bushes about 3/4 up that you walk through followed by a right turn. The orange trail will be on your left.

2. If you'd rather go easier, take the AT (white blaze) to the top of the mountain. There will be a sign indicating that Keyes Gap is in 4 mile, with an arrow to the right. Go to the left on the blue blazed trail, which will take you to Split Rock overlook after it merges with the Orange trail and two other lesser overlooks.

Neither trail is easy; upper Maryland heights has a briefly steeper ascent. Loudoun height's ascents are longer. Both are very easy at the top, and after the main overlook, the ascent back to the top before you go back down the mountain is much longer on Loudoun heights than Maryland heights, though it is a little steeper but shorter on Maryland heights.

Personally, I've always had a more difficult time on Loudoun heights than Maryland. That is because of the duration of the ascents.

Hiking times (as of Friday 7/22):
From the parking area to split rock: 56 minutes.

From split rock to the parking area: 47 minutes.

(But remember I've been doing this all summer so I'm used to it.)

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It was good, I loved the fact I could pick black berries along the way. It was nice to see the other sides perspective.

I hike this trail often. Going on the upper trail is only hard until the second sign; it's a little after that that it levels off. I like going the normal way, the hike is really easy once you get up to the ridge.

As for the main overlook, there are plenty of side overlooks, not just a few. You just have to search for them, as I did this morning.

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