Explore the most popular historic site trails in West Virginia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
3 days ago

First time on a trail with my Jeep, very fun!

hiking
6 days ago

Can be very windy. We did it in the fall so some parts of the trail that were covered in leaves were hard to see. Slipped a few times. Otherwise it was a good hike. The stone fort was not what I expected, in a good way. Make sure you bring water and be ready for an uphill hike.

Went here on 11/3/18 and loved the trail. Most of the trail is uphill, however I don't think the rating of "hard" is accurate. I would say this trail is moderate, as most of it is doable for most. There were a ton of people there already by the time we arrived (10am), so the earlier you get there the better.

The view from the overlook is amazing and well worth the climb. The town of Harper's Ferry is fun walking through as well.

Of all the hiking we do, this trail was WAY too crowded with oblivious people not paying attention or being considerate to those actually trying to take in the surrounding nature. Everyone goes for the iconic overlook photo (which of course, I did too), but there were way too many people to actually enjoy the view. This trail is rated as “hard” but I’ve done harder sections of the AT that are rated as “moderate” on this app. I feel the difficulty rating on this trail is a little off.

There’s a super rewarding view for such a tough incline hike.

hiking
15 days ago

fall is a great time to come here..also, I have always done this trail counter-clockwise. I prefer to end with the " thrill" instead of starting with it.

hiking
16 days ago

Has anyone tried this hike from Sandy Hook?

hiking
17 days ago

The number one thing coming from this is to pack water and be prepared to sweat. The walk down was pretty with one spot giving a nice view of the gorge, as you head down you’ll meet the mine which was very interesting. Continuing heading down the 821 1/2 steps (half a step was missing at the beginning so watch out) you’ll be met with the beautiful dilapidated mine site. Now you’ll be met with the toughest obstacle, going all the way up. It’s rough but worth it for the workout burn. Taking this again sometime later.

hiking
21 days ago

Not incredibly hard at all. Went with a first time hiker and did both the stone fort trail and the overlook. Beginning of stone fort and the decline of stone fort and the incline back up from the overlook of the town are the hardest parts. Most other parts are a piece of cake for the most part. Would not recommend the trail to those with very limited mobility. Those that are not in that great of shape just take it slow. Do not be scared of the HARD rating, the challenge and the reward at the overlook is definitely worth the hike. Views are not that great on the stone fort portion, but you do get more of a history lesson on this trail. It is also pretty cool to imagine the men back then dragging weaponry up the trails you are hiking and also to picture how the campground, forts, batteries, etc. were laid out. Fun place to hike. Do not skip it just because of the rating. Foliage definitely not peaked yet as of October 24th. Downtown is very pretty now though

hiking
27 days ago

A good hike with moderately difficult inclines both up and down. Rewards are interesting historical tidbits and gorgeous views. Unpleasantly crowded today.

Nice hike. A group of us did it after the marathon/half marathon October 2018. It was a bit much for the day after the race, but the view at the top was worth it.

Great hike. One of my first solo hikes. I was a bit nervous alone, but it was so well marked and a decent amount of people on the trail. There’s a long walk from the parking lot to the trail head and then another walk to the actual trail head of the loop. Stop by the visitors center first.

Tough uphill but evens out and gets easier about halfway through.

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I are not experienced hikers so this “moderate” trail was actually challenging to us. It’s uphill all the way! Once you get up to the top ( took us an hour and a half— we took the 3.0 mile option), the view of the rivers Potomac and Shenandoah, and the town of Harpers Ferry below you is well worth the tired feet. We were there Oct 6th. Plan to go back to the area in a couple weeks to see the fall colors. It’s still pretty green there now.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the 80 step staircase! Would love to see it in the winter with no leaves blocking the view. I logged 3.4 miles roundtrip hike that including adventuring around the Tipple and also down to the Coke Ovens. The trail was wet and muddy but not hazardous. All of the mine structures were very nice to see and learn about. To me, climbing the stairs back to the slate track level - powder house was easier than the rest of the climb on the trail to the parking lot.

Nice quick day hike, the Stone Fort portion is significantly less crowded than the Overlook trail. Pretty wooded scenery all around, and a decent uphill climb to get to the ridge. There are several historical stops along the way. Bring plenty of water/electrolytes if it's warm. Near the stone fort and the armory the trail does get overgrown with vegetation but we had no problem with staying on the trail. The Overlook portion offers stunning views of Harpers Ferry. That portion of the trail is quite crowded. Overall certain parts of the trail are uneven and/or rocky, but I wore running shoes, not hiking shoes, and I had no problem. Hiking specific footwear would be better in rainy weather or for those needing the extra support. Any healthy dog (or human) can do this trail, however this ain't your granddad's trail. Took us around 3 hours and that was a very leisurely pace.

TL;DR Worth the climb if you want to get a decent day hike in, more moderate than difficult, many historic stops along the way.

Very fun. Took the blue trail, tough climb at the beginning which is why Abe Lincoln didn’t get to see the guns at the top. Some great views but the trail is overgrown in places. Use the app to find your way of off course. The overlook is breathtaking. Took the goat trail down from there. Fun but challenging. Great day.

Definitely worth it but it is difficult. For someone who doesn’t hike a lot, it will take a while to do the climb in and out of the overlook trail. The views of Harpers Ferry from the overlook are spectacular. The green and red trails are well marked

hiking
1 month ago

Poor markers, I would rate this moderate. The first mile is really steep and then it’s pretty flat and easy. Still a great hike!

Amazing workout! Feel the burn! I’m glad it was raining cause I was pouring sweat, couldnt tell what was rain and what wasn’t! Oh watch out for the chickens when you drive in!

Growth on the upper trail in spots is now making it tricky to move at speed in spots near the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Great workout and great views!

off road driving
2 months ago

It was beautiful! We started at Prince and completed at Thumund. First 7 miles narrow, rocks, some maneuvering around fallen trees and slides. Last 5 miles or so was a gravel road leading down to river. Bridges were sturdy and views breathtaking! Would go again- definitely need 4x4 .

Hard climb. We took 2 adults and 3 kids ages 9,10,and 12. Steep grades and some rock scrambling. The view was absolutely worth the effort. Bring lots of fluids. We had 68 oz and ran out on the way down.

Ive been hiking this trail so much it's easy now. Be aware that there are some places on the upper ridge where the growth almost covers the trail. (as of Saturday of Labor Day weekend)

trail is great but watch out on the tipple theres a large Hornets nest on it.

hiking
2 months ago

It was difficult but definitely worth it!!
The view was absolutely beautiful!!

trail running
2 months ago

The Ona entrance is not easy to find. From First Sentry Bank, go east on Mud River Road for about a 1/4 mile. Hang a left on Wildcat Rd., which goes under I-64. The trail head is on the right about a mile out Wildcat Rd. Don't enter the woods at Trail Mile Marker 1. Go about a 1/2 mile more on the road and the trail goes up the hillside at a well defined stairway.
Tough sledding, but enjoyable. Will definitely get a workout!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike, and definitely quite a workout; but the views are worth it! I would definitely recommend bringing tons of water and proper hiking boots (especially in the summer)

there are a lot of sections on this trail. we did the miners section which had about 830 steps and around a mile long hike to get to these steps. going down one can see the remains of the mines and the mining town.
was very interesting and a good workout.

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