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Maryland Heights Loop

MODERATE 324 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
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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Great hike. It was a little crowded.

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15 days ago

Decently hard once you start since it's pretty much all up hill. But well worth it!

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19 days ago

Done this hike a ton of times, good work out & beautiful view. It has two summits that are tough but totally possible. Pace yourself, and you'll get up there no problem. My husband does this hike each morning before work, he has gotten it done in 45 minutes but that is with running. It is reasonable to complete in 1-2 hours. Kid friendly too, we carry our 1 year up no problem.

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19 days ago

steep uphill take about an hour to go all the way up. very rocky but great view! totally worth it!

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22 days ago

A nice moderate hike with a wide trail and good views. Gets a bit crowded though.

23 days ago

Amazing views.

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24 days ago

Steep but quick. Tired my old self out. Note: down hill is much easier. Great View though. .

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24 days ago

A challenging climb on wide trails with occasional rocky areas. Hiking poles very useful. Wonderful views from cliff overlook. Educational historical markers along the way.

Interesting sidelight, as you share bridge across Shenandoah River with freight trains passing feet away.