Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Harpers Ferry with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A great trail for a peaceful walk with the dog.

A little muddy after days of heavy rain, but still an easy & pleasant hike with the dog.

The man at the visitor center looked at my kids and I and implied that this trail would be too hard for us. It wasn't. The hike to the lower town, using this trail, it's a lot of walking but not that difficult. We modified it and crossed over and and went up the AT and then over to the AT conservancy. Going up that part of the AT was quite strenuous but the visitor center trail wasn't bad. It's very pretty coming down from the visitor center to the road. You follow along a waterfall and it's quite lovely. My kids (4 and 5 at the time) LOVED it. The lower part of town is quite pretty along the banks of the Shenandoah, be sure to add that part on if you modify like we did.

We took our dog from the visitors center up to the overlook. Its a beautiful walk about 9 miles round trip. Well marked with very clear paths. We went in March and I bet in warmer months it gets popular on weekends, so be prepared for crowds.

Great hike with many wonderful views. When you come down the steps from visitors center and cross over the road there is a sign for the River trail. This trail follows the Shenandoah into Harpers ferry as well. It is not well maintained and there are no markers but a clear trail that follows the river. Beautiful scenery especially at daybreak. The round trip to Maryland heights then back thru Harpers ferry makes for a great day of hiking.

Nice, easy trail with a few plaques about the local history.

Love the steps and the little waterfalls

I needed a brisk walk without people and this did the trick. It was not difficult at all and the view of the river was so amazing. If you can't walk you can park and the farm and walk down the paved road to see the view. Lots of grasshoppers joined me on this walk I mid-September.

Nice morning walk with the dog. Starts off from parking lot down the ridge to the battlefields. Cannons and lots of historical signs then back up the ridge to the parking lot.

We missed the last 6:45 bus in town back to the visitors center. We hiked in dark but had flashlights. This hike would have been fine if:
1. We hadn't done part of the Maryland Heights hike snd were tired from it and
2. Stayed on the road because it was dark instead of going up 97 stone awkward steps even with flashlights. Some steps have high risers and I found hard as a shorter person. At that point it was after 8:00 and I think it would have been safe to stay on the road as most people would be gone and not driving on it.
There is a path next to the road for most of this trail. I believe the steps area equates to .3 miles and going down would be ok but I don't think I'd go up them again.

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10 months ago

Beautiful scenery and informative details about the ruins. Easy walk through history. Great to bring a picnic lunch along the river.

pretty easy, fairly scenic. not as much foot traffic as some of the others nearby

Enjoyable hike. Well maintained trails.

Easy hike and stroller accessible has a lot of history

The 6 year old died so I don't think you should bring fellow 6 year olds but the 10 year old did amazing and did not need a break
Reviewed by the Greatest Hiker of all The 10 year old

Easy hike with lots of historic value.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is a pretty easy trail that isn't remote at all, so you can take a break and visit a shop or just wander. It's paved and wide for better access.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

This was a lot of fun to walk with my sons. The cut stone stairs to the visitors center, though, were hard on the knees

Friday, February 24, 2017

Easy hike with history and views. take all side trails for extra hiking!

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

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Quiet, peaceful walk. Even in the dead of winter. Would recommend for anyone interested in a very historic Area (Harpers Ferry) that also has beautiful scenery.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

great trail..

Nice easy hike that is wide open and offers many stopping points for historical moments

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Its beautiful but definitely a easy-moderately easy hike especially if you hike near Harper's Ferry.

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Best experience I've had since retirement.

Was considered "the end of the line" for my wife and I whom had hiked down from New York on the A.T.
She suffered from dehydration, giardia, and broke her ankle.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

A nice fairly easy hike with Civil war history along the loop. Allow about 2 - 2.5 hours in and out. Starting at the NPS visitors center. Cross the road where you entered. Follow the trial along the road. After you enter the woods there is a trail to the left that goes down the ravine, take that.

Monday, November 21, 2016

This tranquil scenic area was the site of a munitions factory during the Civil War. If you have the opportunity to take a guided hike with a park volunteer, do it. If not, enjoy the lush greenery and the views of the river. A nice hike for a muggy summer day.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Great hike to take kids on and beautiful overlook!

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