School House Ridge North Trail at Bolivar Heights Battlefield

MODERATE 3 reviews

School House Ridge North Trail at Bolivar Heights Battlefield is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.1 miles
452 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


From his command post near Halltown, "Stonewall" Jackson methodically and deliberately positioned his cannons "to drive the enemy" into extinction. Indeed, Confederate artillery fire upon Harpers Ferry was effective and demoralizing. Colonel William H. Trimble of the 60th Ohio wrote that there was "not a place where you could lay the palm of your hand and say it was safe." Realizing that artillery alone probably would not subdue the Union garrison, Jackson ordered General A.P. Hill to flank the Federal position on top of Bolivar Heights. Using School House Ridge for cover, Hill moved his forces toward the Shenandoah River, dragged and tugged five batteries up the river's steep bluffs, and succeeded in planting his artillery 1,000 yards from the exposed left flank of the Union position. Hill later wrote that "the fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed." Louis Hull of the 60th Ohio agreed, writing in his diary on the evening of September 14th: "All seem to think that we will have to surrender or be cut to pieces."

2 months ago

This is a nice trail that is mainly a small incline with rolling fields. Plenty of Civil War historical facts to look at, and learn about. Took both dogs and only saw two other hikers. I would imagine it is busy in nice weather

6 months ago

this was a good short hike that we decided to do at the spur of the moment with our kids... only took about 4 hours with stops with our girls but good views and educational boards on the way

6 months ago