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Maryland Heights Loop is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 1,541 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bridge out Rocky Off trail Historic site Fee
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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: You can't park on Sandy Hook Road anymore. You can park for this hike at the train station in Harpers Ferry. The parking lot by Harper's Ferry is small and often full on the weekends. The parking there is currently free due to CoVid, as the National Park is closed. Parking at the train station increases this hike to about 6.7 miles if you hike the upper trail. To get back to trail head use the West rail bridge to cross which is down the end of the street away from the train station. Notes on the hike: From the parking lot, you need to cross the pedestrian walkbridge across the Potomac and then turn left on the towpath after descending from the bridge. 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). 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.

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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Patrick Mcauliffe
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JD Shumpert
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Haoyu Qian
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very nice. very crowded

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Mike Nielsen
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Difficult terrain because it’s very rocky, some very steep hills

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Joseph Clarkson
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Awesome. Beautiful hike.

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Ryan C.
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The climb up to the top of MD Heights is no joke and the views across the river to Harper's Ferry are fantastic. Interesting historical markers throughout, I still don't know how the Union Army got all those supplies/equipment up there so many years ago! This was my first time so I've never been on the weekends obviously but if you can try it during the week I didn't think it was to crowded.

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Dmitry Samogray
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Duane Zeldenrust
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Luigi Laraia
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Beautiful hike with plenty of interesting vegetation. The trail offers lovely views of the Potomac River and Harpers Ferry. It also covers some interesting historical grounds where forts and camps were built during the civil war. The terrain is very rocky and I highly recommend hiking poles. Try to hike during the week as the trail gets crazy busy on weekends with noisy, unprepared, unmasked and phone wielding tourists.

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Wendell Pierson
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One of the great trails in the area. Lots of elevation gain so it can be challenging, but definitely doable for people with a decent fitness level. The second leg (or first, depending on which leg you start with) was pretty overgrown. Also, there are lots of crowds with an amusement park feel. If you want to park close, you must get there early. I arrived at 8:15am on a Saturday and the small lot up front was full. I was able to get on of the last street parking spots. Enjoy!

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C K
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One of my favorite hikes in the area! Parking can be tricky but as with most hikes, it’s best to go early on a weekday. So rewarding.

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un4gettable becca
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Elaine Segretto
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Weaverton parking lot to Maryland Heights.

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Gerard Turner
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Francesca Savoia
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Camilo Rivera
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Perfect distance for a day hike, enjoy the views from all sides. Hikers wear masks and enough space to keep distance. Parking can be full very quickly.

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Dylan French
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Nicole Merry
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Amazing trail, loved it. Definitely a little challenging because it is almost all uphill the whole way, so be prepared! But well worth it when you reach the overlook point! very crowded on the weekends, I’d recommend going during the week if it is an option so hopefully it won’t be so crowded. I’d recommend bringing a mask for covid purposes for when it does get crowded Parking is very limited, get there early to avoid crowds and find parking!

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Stephanie Mull
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Brian Bare
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Great. Excellent weather. A bit crowded at the Heights itself. Stone Fort was fine.

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Wayne Davis
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Dakotah Rusley
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Richie Cae Novelles
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Christopher King
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Beautiful. Some challenging parts. Way too many people.

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Paul Tennant
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Beautiful. But busy.

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Chris H.
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Terrific hike starting in the historic town of Harper's Ferry. The route crosses the Potomac, briefly follows the C&O Canal towpath, and then heads upwards! Historical markers along the way provide some background on the Civil War activities here. You can see quite a ways down the Potomac from Maryland Heights, best in evening light. The spur overlook has a wonderful view of Harper's Ferry, best in morning light. A few notes: crowds are an issue. The bridge along the railroad was shoulder-to-shoulder crowded on the weekends, and parking can be difficult. The earlier the better. We also went clockwise up to Maryland Heights, rather than counter-clockwise, which seemed to work just fine. Finally, trail is dog-friendly, but the 50 or so spiral stairs down from the railroad bridge are the large-metal-grate type and many dogs struggle with them.

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Moises Reyes
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Muy bonito mirador, vimos el tren y escuchar las campanas de la iglesia.

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Crabnut14 Skiff
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Nice trail intermediate.

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Fahad Umar
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