Maryland Heights Loop

MODERATE 405 reviews

Maryland Heights Loop is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

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We didn't do the whole loop. We hiked to the overlook and back. There are two parking areas that have room for 8 cars each near the trail head on the Maryland side. We got there about 8am, and there was just two other cars there.

It's a really nice hike, especially if you beat the rush of people. The trail is nice and wide, but not too wide. It's got a pretty good grade for the first .8 mile. You go down hill again to get out the overlook. The overlook has some awesome fews.

It's definitely a nice hike. Just be warned it can get crowded. When we hiking down it looked like a school field trip was hiking up. So try doing it early or during the week if you want solitude.

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10 days ago

Fun trail, steep inclines offer great exercise and the panoramic view of Harpers Ferry from the outlook was awesome!

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14 days ago

good hill for 2 miles,Nice view at the top,u can see the harpers ferry beneath.And the kayaker s and tubers,

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16 days ago

don't take your dogs, rocks can be rough on their paw pads

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23 days ago

First time hiking and loved it! The view was amazing!

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23 days ago

Parking is a bit tricky- if you go on a weekday you can try to park at the train station or on the street downtown (heads up- you have to pay for street parking), but if you go on the weekend I recommend parking at the visitor center and taking the shuttle down to the town. There is also parking on the road right at the trail head.

You take the footbridge across the river that kind of parallels with the train tracks. Take a left at the bottom of the stairs and walk down the path by the river for about 10 minutes and you'll see a wooden footbridge to the street. The trail starts once you cross the street. At a point the trail splits into 2- the red and blue trails. The red trail is shorter and less strenuous and it takes you right to the overlook. If you have small children and/or dogs, the red trail is for you! If you're looking for a challenge, try to blue trail! It's longer, more strenuous and takes you up to some cool historical landmarks on the mountain. Once you reach the summit, follow the blue trail down the mountain and it connects with the red, where you can then go to the overlook. The overlook is gorgeous!

I went on a weekday and I was the only person on the blue trail. I got to see a few deer on my way and it was such a serene hike, despite the steep incline of the trail.

All in all, it took me about 3 hours to do both trails, while stopping for about 15 minutes at the overlook, and moving pretty quickly the whole time. I highly recommend this trail!

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