Maryland Heights Loop

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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

kid friendly

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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Nice trail.

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An excellent hike. Park at the train station, cross the Potomac on the railroad bridge, then descend to the canal towpath. Follow it north about 10 minutes and then cross the canal on the wooden bridge. The evident trailhead is across the road. I did the full 6.3 mile loop. Walking up the western side of the loop is best because the trail is reasonably smooth and wide all the way to the summit. Follow the blue blazes. Once there, the trail becomes very rocky and narrow all the way down the hill to the overlook spur trail. The view from the overlook is beautiful on a clear day. Alternately you can hike just part way up the hill then turn right onto the red blazed trail that will take you over to the overlook spur trail, a much shorter hike.

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