Explore the most popular river 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
8 days ago

Short easy walk with beautiful view. Great off roading trail (is a West Virginia road) just past where you park for Lindy point. But only lifted 4x4 or dirt or mountian bike can make it the whole way thru.

hiking
8 days ago

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

hiking
12 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!

Fairly challenging but a good length with a great view of the Harpers Ferry train bridge at the end. It’s quite steep at the very beginning and coming back up from the overlook at the end, but the elevation gain is mostly all in one place. The trail is manageable even when muddy.

My only complaint is that there isn’t much to look at along the trail aside from the view at the end and crossing the Shenandoah at the beginning.

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

lots of fun

Did this in 2 days on mountain bike with backpacks. Tough! The woods looked like something from TheLord of the Rings!

hiking
16 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

Two stars because the hike was not as described. Whoever tagged this as “easy” must have hiked only straight incline, lots of elevation-type hikes. I agree with the other hiker—this is a “moderate” at LEAST. The trail is not marked well and you’re surrounded by wall and trees... if you came to get an awesome view of the river , you’ll be bummed. But, if you like adventure and you’re used to badly marked trails, you’ll be fine.

hiking
18 days ago

Great short 3 mi. round trip with and awesome view. With great shots of the bridge, trains down below. Photographers bring you cameras. And hiker just bring your love for awesome views

hiking
19 days ago

Challenging trail, good exercise

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

The trail, even when wet, is great! The initial ascent coming up from Shenandoah Road is probably the toughest part of the whole route. The actual Loudoun Heights trail is flat to rolling with no particularly challenging parts. A great hike to chain with Maryland Heights if you've got the time.

Phenomenal. The civil war rifle pits and breastworks are the highlight of this amazing trail. There is a high level empathy to be experienced for those gone before who fought for the freedoms that we all enjoy in this great country. Not to mention the incredible views from the split rock spot. Btw, the actual split rock is amazingly beautiful in and of itself, with veins of granite running through the large boulder.

hiking
28 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!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little quick walk to a waterfall. Seemed like a beautiful spot to have a picnic.

My wife and I have vacationed there and hiked the whole trail. Otter Creek is a beautiful place for a couple to camp and get away or a great place for the whole family.

Hard to all this a hike, but the view of the bridge was amazing. It’s more like walking down a bunch of stairs to a platform. Slippery when wet, of course.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and relatively flat trail that takes you to a wonderful view of the bridge. Avoid the evening if you’re looking to get a good photo. The mountain shadows cover half the bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy, beautiful view

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.

Easy "hike" with a great view. Go at sunset for an even better view.

hiking
1 month ago

A fun hike. I went in late November with a dusting of snow on the ground - absolutely beautiful. The falls are gorgeous but the hike in and out is even better.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view of the creek entire hike. Absolutely stunning. Very family and dog friendly. My dog Jack had a blast. Please leash your dog as many pups hike out here.

Wear your waterproof shoes! Pretty waterfall

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.

June 2018- took us a little over 3.5 hours. We left at 9 AM and parking was fine. Saw the ATC, pretty views of the Potomac and Harpers Ferry.

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.

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