Maryland Heights Trail

#1 of 6 trails in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
scenic overlook, civil war fortifications, moderate to strenuous climb

1.9 miles 649 feet Loop
dog friendly hiking walking views
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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.

Dan Wayland

4 Completed0 Reviews

My favorite hike

Andrew Raughley

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

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

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

1 Completed1 Reviews

Straight up! ;) pretty steep.

Sam Burns

7 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike

Katherine Smith

10 Completed7 Reviews

Challenging hike but beautiful view from the top. You can see exactly where the rivers meet as well as the town of Harper's Ferry.

Tiffany Smith

12 Completed10 Reviews

Great hike. It's challenging for sure but well worth the view at the top. Take you're time and soak everything in. There are several vantage points of Hapers Ferry from the top so be sure to walk around and dont just go to the main lookout.

Dog friendly but check their paws because the stones pretty loose. Not so bad in the fall because the leaves cover the trail.

Jeff Mercier

1 Completed1 Reviews

Autumn Weyant

3 Completed1 Reviews