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Maryland Heights Loop is a 5 mile heavily 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.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,473 ft Route type Loop

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COVID 19 UPDATE: Trail is open, please note that the following facilities are closed: Restrooms Parking lots, except for the Train Station and River Access lots Visitor Center, Museums, Bookshop Entrance station Train Station Shuttle bus service NOTE: Footbridge used to cross the Potomac River is closed indefinitely. The National Park Service does not currently have a timeline for reopening. The route on AllTrails has been rerouting to begin at Harper's Ferry Road. The parking lot by Harper's Ferry is small and often full on the weekends. The connector from the Overlook to the highway is closed from Feb to July 31 for Peregrine falcon nesting (so bake an extra 2.2 miles to double back to the Maryland heights trailhead). Additionally, the AT foot bridge is out which easily connected Harpers ferry to the trailhead (recommend Lyft to trailhead). Park opens at 9:00 a.m Fee $10 The trail from parking lot, starts by mulch pile in back. You can also take a bus from parking lot to trailhead. 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.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park http://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm Harpers Ferry Markers http://www.hmdb.org/results.asp?Town=Harpers%20Ferry&State=West%20Virginia

Bring plenty of fluids and snacks. The Maryland Heights Overlook is a great spot to have lunch.

I-495 to VA 7; west on VA 7 around Leesburg, then right onto VA 9. In about 10 mi turn right ont VA 671, then right (north) ontu US 340. Follow signs to Harpers Ferry National Park visitors center.

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Wahab Jilani
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 11 2020
Hiking

Stunning overlook! Starts with a steep incline and doesn’t really stop going up, so be sure to take breaks and bring water. Plenty shaded and well marked. We did the Maryland Heights Trail (green and red) down and back. Not too crowded today, and most people wore masks. Park at the Railway Station in Lower Town-it was full by the time we got there at 12:30 but we got lucky and saw someone leaving.

Bridget McCarthy
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HikingRocky

This hike was challenging with the incline being as much as 33% but it was totally worth it. The history of the trail and the access to the historic Stone Fort of the Civil war was very cool to see and learn about. Also the overlook gave an amazing view of the town of Harpers Ferry.

Leslie Welsh
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Hiking

Hiked this today. Footbridge is reopened. We parked at the train station and started there. I’m not gonna lie to you - it was in the 90s and humid and we STRUGGLED. Under those conditions, we took lots of breaks and drank lots of water. The view over Harpers Ferry is stunning. It got a bit crowded at the top so we put on our masks and bounced. Not many in masks. Saw a little deer. We only did to the view and back which was pretty good.

Peter Uhlir
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020
Hiking

The pedestrian walkbridge opened this morning. July 4th. From the train statiok parkinh lot, this hike is 6.6 miles. To my suprise, upper Maryland heights trail was not as overgrown as I thought it would be. I saw a lot of deer, and not too many people. The parking lots on Sandy Hook road are still barricaded. Don't bother going over there, unless you want to hike a mile from a 10 dollar parking lot at someones house, or walk an extra 3 miles or so on the towpath at Sandy Hook.

Shannon Cash
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSat Jun 27 2020
HikingClosedFee

Complete crap for parking, everywhere was no parking. Pay to park or risk getting towed. Pedestrian bridge from Harpers Ferry is closed for construction. If you risk the tow, walking along a very narrow road with no shoulder to get to a C&O entrance. Plan to walk at least 2mi before trailhead if you want to hike this trail.

Randee Deener
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Hiking

DON’T GET TOWED OR FINED, PLAY IT SAFE AND PARK WITH ME. Hello, my name is Randee. I live on Sandy Hook Road and offer $20 all day parking and $30 over night parking on my property. I am usually outside Saturday and Sunday from about 9am-5pm, just follow the yellow parking signs through town! Incase you want to come during the week or if im not outside, you can call or text me at 2403970815, I can come out and drop the gate for you. DON’T GET TOWED OR FINED, PLAY IT SAFE AND PARK WITH ME. From my parking lot you will have easy access to the MD Heights trail as well as the C&O Canal, canal trail and the river to go swimming. Due to covid19 all legal parking with access to Maryland Heights has been barricaded. There is no other safe place to park.

Brad Sawyer
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Hiking

The view from the top is splendid. The train tracks and town are right below you, along with the convergence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Depending on the route you take, it can be a very short hike, with a few steep sections of manageable incline.

Meg Russo
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Hiking

Awesome trail! We biked the C&O canal and then locked up our bikes and hiked this trail! It was a great workout because it’s very steep! Incredible view!

Helaine Wilkowsky
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Franklin Bolinsky
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Hiking

We parked our car at Keep Tryst Road as the access to the C&O Tow path was right there. We road our bikes the roughly 3 miles on the tow path to the MD Heights Trail Head and locked the bikes up. The hike is awesome. It is very much uphill the whole way to the top. Best overlook from any hike we've done. With the bridge out and the lots closed we saw one single other person on our entire hike which was amazing. Saw some deer and a million squirrels and butterflies. Going down is easy but you almost have to slow yourself down putting pressure on your toes as the decline is so great. We grabbed our bikes and did the 3 mile bike back. Adding the biking element to the adventure was great as the tow path is beautiful. Now's the time to go as it is not going to be crowded. We did not do the additional loop on the trail as my 5 year old was wiped.

Heather Bowser
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HikingBridge outRocky

Bridge to trail is out. Parking is very difficult to find. We drove around on Sandyhook Road and parked in someone’s yard, about a mile away from the trail head, for $10. Absolutely stunning view of Harper’s Ferry!!! Well worth the hike!!!

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Lily Hong
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pretty moderate, the main uphill is the beginning half mile from the trailhead, then it's pretty easy. I went during phase 1 reopenings, so I parked in the city (md lot is closed) at the pizza place at the entrance of town as street parking, and walked 1mi to get to the trail head. WARNING: From the train tracks, there's a fence gate to let you down to the trail under the bridge or a side gate outside and to the right of the tunnel that lets you down on the road, and from there you hike in the direction of the trailhead (west). the trail head is right across the street from the footbridge coming off the road trail. just follow the blue blazes

Jason M.
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HikingGreat!

Went out early during COVID days and there were hardly any morning hikers. Great weather and conditions. A hard climb up but the views are amazing. Parked at the AT trailhead east of Sandy Hook.

John J
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one of my favorite trails. the pictures of harpers ferry from the cliffs dont do the actual view justice. well worth the hike

Matt Bread
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Apr 29 2020
HikingBugs

Had to bike from the train track tryst rode where I could park. 3.3 bike there about 3 mile hike 3.3 bike back. The way up was very intense but down was a breeze! Biked up to trail head then walked on blue path till branch off to red and followed red to overlook. Some flying bugs so spray up before. There always was a path so not super rocky but still a good hike due to up hill and a few rockyish bits

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Jonathan Van Eck
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Apr 18 2020
Hiking

The overlook looking down at harpers ferry is beautiful. Parking was really tough because the bridge across the river from harpers ferry is closed as is the town from COVID-19. If you want to find a way to do this hike, consider access from trail heads from the north that tie in. Also near the overlook there is a closed area do to peregrine falcon activity. The path beginning near sandy hook has a sign that suggests it’s closed. We came out that way and were able to avoid the closed area, but it’s worth consideration because the required detour was off trail and a bit slippery. With the parking issues and the closed areas, there were several barriers to completing this hike, but the views made it well worth it. A great way to get out of the house and to get some fresh air, of course, in a manner consistent with social distancing.

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Mark Decker
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HikingOff trail

Some of the loop portion of AllTrails map are not maintained.

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Mikeey Oh
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HikingClosed

FYI all parking is blocked by cement barriers. Anywhere nearby is posted no parking due to covid including across the river in all of harpers ferry. So unless you want to risk getting towed you have to find somewhere to park very far away and walk to trailhead

Alex Kennedy
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Apr 11 2020
Hiking

Gorgeous ridge hike for the middle portion. I look forward to coming back.

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Tim Hagen
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Hiking

Looks like COVID-19 has caught up with the parking lot. Drove by today. There were concrete barriers blocking access to parking near the trailhead along Harper's Ferry Rd.

Steven Lemmeyer
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HikingRocky

Had a blast on this trail. About a mile and a half from the parking lot to the summit if you go the red trail. There is a longer way around if you go the blue trail. I went with two of my friends and my dog. Great hike, great view.

Brennan Matthews
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HikingRocky
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Lindsay Kraus
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HikingBridge out
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Mike Gould
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Hiking

Amazing hike! The elevation change is challenging. The footbridge from Harpers Ferry is out at the moment, so try to get there early because parking is limited at the trailhead. We had to park about 1 mile away on a quiet side street. Other than that, highly recommend. We’ve done it a couple times and it’s great in warm and cold weather!

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Tom J
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Hiking

250!!! Cold and wet to start, warmed up, great views, not too crowded. 250!

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Elizabeth Seaborne
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Hiking

Would have taken closer to 2 hours but sat at the scenic overlook for an hour. Great elevation.

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Michal Twardowski
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Rocky

Amazing hike. I could’ve sworn there was supposed to be a block house but I never saw it. The overlook is fantastic!

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Ricky Moore
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HikingRocky

A fun, relatively quick hike that gets you started going uphill. I think it is a good way to get yourself committed then once your body adjusts you can pace yourself with more control. Plus there are flat and downhill stretches as you get closer to the overlook. The rocky conditions are more in the overlook area, the rest of the trail is pretty well kept.

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