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.

great lower body workout! ((positive thinking will make you push forward and up

hiking
7 days ago

Breathtaking view from the top. Very very hard hike. Straight up. Was April but still felt like 100 degrees.

hiking
11 days ago

Gorgeous scenic overlook. The beginning is straight uphill, and fairly demanding. It’s not an easy hike. The scenic overlook is amazing. Spectacular view of Harpers Ferry. This is a “must do” hike for everyone!

It’s definitely a challenging ascent but well worth it once you make it to the overlook. We watched the sunset and it was spectacular. Highly recommend

hiking
15 days ago

Hill in the beginning is NO joke. Beautiful view and so worth it. Watch out for the runners. Parking is a pain but I scored a spot right at the opening. Tow path isn’t really marked that well so if you don’t park in town make sure you ask someone on the trail what they saw on the last mile marker.

hiking
18 days ago

Challenging trail, good exercise

great trail with my dog. moderate incline for the return trip.

A varied trail - beautiful fields, ruins and history, partially running through a forest by a river. I'm not sure why it's rated as moderate though, it's definitely easy. There are a few places when you're on going slightly uphill for a minute, but this definitely felt way more like a walk than a hike.

-1 * because for about half of the trail, new developments and highways are visible and audible. I don't like hiking next to a highway, looking at new housing developments up ahead. There are some sections of the trail that are more remote, and where one is in fully absorbed in nature, but the highway parts really detract.

great hike and great views of Harper's Ferry and the Potomac River

This is more of a walk, not a hike, and I'm not sure why it's rated "medium" instead of easy. However, it is beautiful! Loved it on a chilly but not cold, overcast December day.

Nice easy walk with incredible views of the Shenandoah.

Most of this crushed stone 0.75 mile loop trail is ADA accessible and offers visitors a brief history of the basin area for which it surrounds with interpretive signage. The basin was once the drinking water reservoir for the city of Morgantown. Now drained, the area is rich in different aquatic habitats, Alder groves and bird activity. Several other trails spur off of this loop trail located is the center of the WV Botanic Garden. (ADA accessibility to the trail is available from the visitor center parking lot beyond the larger lower parking lot)

hiking
27 days ago

12/22/2018: A great day hike! The Maryland Heights overlook provides an outstanding view of historic Harpers Ferry, WV. The hike back was mostly downhill, which made for a quick and easy return to town.

Harpers Ferry offers a wonderful “walk-thru” history lesson on various events that took place before and during the Civil War; John Brown’s raid on the federal armory being one such event.

Almost forgot, a section of the Appalachian Trail passes directly through the town. If you’re looking for an overnight adventure, this might be a great spot to look!

Loved the hike beautiful scenery and very nice camping area. I would definitely go back every chance I get to.

hiking
1 month ago

I've always loved history. But the authentic Union Army fortifications...the breastworks / rifle pits...wow. Just unbelievable. They beckon the emotions to a high level of empathy. Not to mention the breathtaking beauty of zero undergrowth forest, overlooks and the great exercise. Wonderful experience.

hiking
1 month ago

Being from Texas and mostly hiking flat terrain, this trail was all up hill and it was great. Not only is it a historical Civil War trail but it is challenging and beautiful!

Hiked the upper trail loop today down to the main overlook. I took a very brisk pace and finished the whole hike in about 1 hour 15 minutes.

...pretty sure I saw bear tracks at the top of the maryland heights trail as I crested the ridge. They were meandering from side to side on the trail and eventually turned into the woods.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was beautiful, and the overlook is awesome. I'll be frank though, the overlook is really the main feature here. Hiking up to the loop and the fort is demanding, challenging, and... the payoff just isn't there. I love history and even I wasn't mega impressed, the only thing I could think when I got there was... "This is a perfect place for a fort, nobody on earth would like to march to this area and take it, and it's kind of boring." The trail is also rather badly marked once you get away from the beaten path of the overlook trail. It was quite challenging though and the overlook was beautiful enough to give it 4 stars.

Maryland Heights is a fairly challenging hike due to it's steep incline that persists for the majority of it. For those just wanting to reach the overlook, which is an absolutely stunning view, there is a shorter trail that leads directly to it. The extended blue trail will test your endurance a bit more with a fairly long uphill climb to start out. The blue trail does level off though and offers some unique views of old fort battlements and then loops around to bring you to the overlook as well. This is a family friendly hike, however be prepared to take a few rests and feel those leg muscles burning.

hiking
1 month ago

I took the blue trail that veers left at the split. The sign says that the trail is strenuous, and I suppose the two inclines would get it that kind of rating. Once you get past the first incline, the trail becomes sort of flat-ish, but uneven at times. The trail is easy going until you get to the marker indicating the "Breast Works". This is your next incline and is a series of log steps. Once you get to the top there is a stone wall overlook. This is a good time to catch your breath and have a snack. There is some boulder scrambling that goes on, but nothing serious. Watch your step on the descent to where the trail will merge into the red trail that if you turn left, will take you to the overlook for Harpers Ferry. Turn right and it is down hill to the trail entrance.
Forgot it was a holiday wknd, AND, the weather was grand. Consequently I saw more people than I expected to see. Other than that it is a good hike. Midweek is a better option.

While the overlook is cool, this is definitely a hard hike if you do it at a good pace. Straight uphill with no breaks. You can rocket down pretty easily but the climb up has no good scenery and you can add 4 miles to the trip if you have to park in the overflow lot. Which you will. If you have a dog, the shuttle wont take you, so you’ll trek 2 miles each way to the parking lot. Also, way, way too many people and poor hiking etiquette.

1 month ago

great trail

hiking
2 months ago

This challenging trail intrigued me. 820 is a LOT of stairs. I had some doubts whether my knees or hips or feet or whatever would present a problem. ( I’m not no young gun anymore ) But I was not going to let that stop me. I HAD to do it. It was nowhere as bad as I thought it would be. I just broke the trip back up in to chunks ( i counted ) and took mini breaks. It was neat seeing the abandoned mining operations and and interesting facts regarding the history of the haulage ops. I have to give a LOT of credit to the West Virginians who used this trail. back in the day. They were some real badasses for sure.

P.S. I was VERY glad for every bit of training I did with the kettlebell and stairmaster prior to this hike!

November 18, 2018

Paved trail for walking/running/biking. A little boring since its runs along the highway but good for working out as it is a bit hilly at times. Some of the trail stops and is connected with actual road so be careful. Light to moderately trafficked depending on the weather.

hiking
2 months ago

I don’t think this is hard at all. We went there after the first snow of 2018. It was very pretty at the cliff overlook.

off road driving
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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