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.
dogs on leash
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.
If you haven't hiked this before, you are missing out on one of the best trails in the world. Wide trail, spectacular views! Go there now!
This was a nice trail. The beginning of the path and the path leading to the overlook had a few people on them. I could definitely see how the trail to the overlook and the overlook itself could become crowded on the weekends or during the warmer months. The first two miles or so are uphill with very little level spots, but once you get past that it is downhill from there. I recommend parking at the base of the trail off of Sandy Hook rd. There isn't much parking so I'd get there early in the morning. The view from the overlook is spectacular. There's a little bit of a view at the top of the main trail as well.
the views are worth the climb!
Amazing the climb the views just amazing
One of the the top five day hikes in Maryland. Views are amazing! Only downside, during peak hiking days the main overlook trail can get very crowded.
Awesome view of historic Harper's Ferry, WV and the surrounding area
Challenging for me, 1st hike in years, but worth it. Views from overlook trail are amazing. Add 1.4 miles from Md Heights loop to overlook. Very little parking at base of trail. Worth the $10 to park at Harpers Ferry NPS parking lot and either hike or take bus to park and cross railway tressel to C&0 canal to base of trail. Our total hike from Harpers Ferry to overlook and Md Heights trail was 7.9 miles.
great hike. parking can be tough to find, especially on the weekend, but is free at the base. for a guarenteed parking spot, you can pay to ride the bus, from the visitor center to harpers ferry. make sure to bring snacks and water. the view is amazing!