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Maryland Heights Loop

MODERATE 428 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

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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Beautiful trail; not too difficult; some narrow, overgrown segments; lots of civil war history markers. Very crowded in the late morning to afternoon, nice and quiet in the early morning.

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21 days ago

Great view but very difficult hike. A bit crowded

22 days ago

This hike will be difficult for the novice or out of shape hiker. We didn't do the entire hike, and just went to the Cliff Overlook which have great views. The overlook is quite rocky, and so is the path near it. Saw a lot of people with walking sandals but I would recommend closed shoes as there are a lot of rocks on this trail. Many people walking back had walking sticks they found in the woods. This is a very busy trail, especially during peak season and weekends. You really need water especially during hotter days.
We missed the last bus (6:45) back to the visitors center, and had to walk an additional 2 miles back.

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24 days ago

Great trail with a great view of Harpers Ferry as the payoff. Can be a bit crowded unless you get there early though. Happy hiking!

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