Maryland Heights Loop

MODERATE 482 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.

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highly recommended for family outing

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

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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.

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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.

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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.