Maryland Heights Trail

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Maryland Heights Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harpers Ferry, WV that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.0 miles 652 feet Loop
dog friendly hiking walking views
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scenic overlook, civil war fortifications, moderate to strenuous climb History combined with beauty! This is a hike over well-marked trails with many interpretive signs along the way. There are some steep climbs and some rocky terrain. The first park of the hike features a spectacular overlook of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. However, it doesn't come easily. The trail climbs steadily up a picturesque stream valley to a side trail leading to the overlook. The Overlook Trail descends for .5 mi, but is worth it! For a shorter hike (2.8), return the same way you came. The second part of the hike includes much history. The trail climbs to the ridge passing remains of fortifications built by the Union forces in 1862 after their defeat at Harpers Ferry. There are ammunition pits, breastworks, powder magizines, and gun batteries along the trail. The remains of the main fort are at the summit of Maryland Heights. A military camp was located in the level area just below the summit.

Michelle Korzec
5 hours ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Beautiful view!

Caitlin Meek
7 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Its a very steep hill with no flat areas to rest. I believe it to be much harder than the moderate label its been given. The view though once at the top is well worth the achy legs.

Jay Wood
8 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Great afternoon post work trail!!!

Jennifer Ward
12 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Definitely not "Easy" as rated. I would say a Moderate hike with a steady incline going up. The views are spectacular and worth the effort!

Chad Sillery
13 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

M Monad
21 days ago

6 Completed0 Reviews

This is most definitely NOT a loop. The ONLY to make this a loop is to add in some technical climbing. This is a moderate trail with steady climbs and some rocky footing, especially on the section that leads to the overlook, where there is an iconic view of Harper's Ferry. This out'n back can easily be done in less than 3 hours, with plenty of time to enjoy the view. Go early to avoid the seasonal crowds.

Lori Willis
26 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Joe Smith
1 month ago

15 Completed0 Reviews

This was a fun, easy, and beautiful hike! I have been wanting to do this hike ever since I saw the movie Gods and Generals.

Bobby B.
1 month ago

Bobby B.
1 month ago

I love it

Martha Barrett
1 month ago

10 Completed0 Reviews

Busy at this time of year. Mildly strenuous heading up.

Amy Duvall
1 month ago

11 Completed0 Reviews

Brittany N.
1 month ago

10 Completed5 Reviews

My second time completing Maryland Heights - including the Stone Fort Trail loop. Great hike, but very strenuous going up and coming back down. Rocky trail - you'll need good hiking boots and plenty of water. The history along the way is very interesting. One mistake I almost made again - keep to the left when you're coming off the Stone Fort Trail if you'd like to link up with the Overlook Trail (red). Great, rewarding hike. I went on a weekday afternoon to avoid the crowds.

Abigail Klemm
2 months ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Love it

Dan Wayland
2 months ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

My favorite hike

Andrew Raughley
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Good quick hike. THE GOOD- the view, it's quick and some fun exploring at the top (there are a few side trails that have a decent view, but A LOT less crowded), THE BAD- steep and rocky in some places (great if your alone, not the best for small lids), THE UGLY- Crowded; so short and accessible it was crowded; best early AM or weekdays.

Rachel Wolfson
3 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Absolutely stunning view from the top. Definitely not an easy easy trail; its a steep climb that involves some rocks once you get to the main overlook but it's so worth it. There's so much history as well. I didn't do the full battle trail; just the trail to the overlook. I would love to go again and do the longer loop.

Jen Clough
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

One of my favorite trails! It's a steep climb, definitely a good workout! The view at the top is spectacular!!

Chris Gandy
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Straight up! ;) pretty steep.

Sam Burns
4 months ago

7 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike