Maryland Heights Loop

MODERATE 518 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
1437 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

historic site

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.

hiking
1 day 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.

8 days ago

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

hiking
13 days 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.

1 month ago

Steep climb but ohhh so worth the views!!!

1 month ago

One of my all time favorites.

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Went in 2016.

hiking
2 months ago

Harpers Ferry is one of my favorite places to visit when you just want to get out and get your heart rate up a little. Great trail with a pretty decent payoff via a sweeping view of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac/Shenendoah Rivers. The fall is my favorite time of the year with the leaves changing and fog hanging down low on the mountian tops. ...good history in this area as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic view of Historic Harpers Ferry. It was good to go early because we came off the rock at 10 am and say at least a hundred people on our way down.

2 months ago

highly recommended for family outing

3 months ago

Hiked this a few years back. Great trail with beautiful views of harpers ferry and the three surrounding states. Great photo opp

3 months ago

outstanding views. amazing historic town to explore and great food. high energy dogs will be fine. majority of the hike is moderate, but there are extreme inclines.

hiking
3 months ago

Brief hike along a road then across a train bridge. Then into the woods. Fairly rocky hike up to the Outlook point. Beautiful view. Worth doing once.

3 months ago

Fantastic view today. It wasn't that crowded due to it being Tuesday. Thankfully there was free parking spaces down below on Harpers Ferry Road. I also hiked the Stone Fort loop clockwise. All it did really was to add miles and elevation to my hike. But I did get a kick of reading the placard that said President Lincoln turned around due to the steepness when he tried to visit the Fort back in 1862.

3 months ago

Too many people both on the trail and at the overlook. Very crowded.

hiking
3 months ago

Great workout! Wear hiking boots.

hiking
3 months ago

Started the hike to the Stone Fort at 8:30 on Saturday. At that hour parkings were easier to find and crowds were thinner. Around 10:30 I got back down to the junction btw the Stone Fort Trail and the Overlook Trail. By that time the trail began to be filled with people.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail

4 months ago

It was much too hot to do the stone fort extension yesterday, but the cliff overlook alone was well worth it!

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