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Maryland Heights

Harpers Ferry, WV

scenic overlook, civil war fortifications, moderate to strenuous climb

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North Fork Mountain Trail
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6 Completed 2 Reviews

wonderful and difficult trip to do. Water is a problem but there is a source If you bring a filter. The views are breathtaking and well worth the trip. I would highly recommend this trail, but for people who have experience with hiking and backpacking. Make sure to pack lots of water though. I would bring 6 or 7 liters just fire drinking water

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Halfmoon Mountain Trail
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11 Completed 4 Reviews

Halfmoon Mountain has spectacular views of Trout Run Valley, Big Schloss and Tibbet Knob as well as a great stream hike up Halfmoon Run this is another hidden gem in the Great North Mountain area. The only real challenging section is the short but steep climb up the German Wilson Trail.

I took the orange blazed forestry service (FS) road and begin our assent up the Bucktail Trail. Shortly veer left passing the pink blazed Bucktail Connector Trail on your right which you will be returning on later. Remain on the orange blazed Bucktail Trail for 2.4 miles passing several side FS roads before gently descending and arriving at a foot bridge and the junction of the purple blazed Capon Furnace Trail. This section of the trail was wide and nice for walking with rolling hills.

We did not cross the bridge over Halfmoon Run but stayed on the orange blazed Bucktail Trail for another 1.3 miles, crossing the stream five times before reaching a closed gate, clearing and the end of the Bucktail Trail.) This section was rocky and if the river is high then crossing can be hard not to get wet.

At the gate we turn right immediately passing another closed gate and heading up the pink blazed FS road. There was a side FS trail on the left in 150 yards, we passed this, and in 0.1 miles cross a small stream before the FS Road/Trail splits; we turn left heading uphill staying on the pink blazed German Wilson Trail as it climbs the ravine. The trail becomes very rocky, makes two quick switchbacks and becomes very steep for the remaining climb to the ridge and intersection of the white blazed Halfmoon Lookout Spur Trail. This climb was about 1,400 ft.

We turned right climbing the white blazed Halfmoon Lookout Spur Trail for 0.3 miles. Just before the summit the trail splits to two vantage points. We went right where the trail became very steep for 100 yards before arriving at the summit and foundation of an old lookout tower with the best view of the hike.

We return down the white blazed trail passing the pink blazed German Wilson Trail we climbed earlier and arrived at the junction of the yellow blazed Halfmoon Trail in 0.9 miles from the top. This section is not as steep as the climb up. Paths were more rocky then when we started.

We Turn right downhill on the yellow blazed Halfmoon Trail, descending the mountain for 1.1 miles until we reach a stream crossing and the intersection of the pink blazed Bucktail Connector Trail.

We did not cross the stream but turn right on the pink blazed Bucktail Connector Trail for 2.5 miles where the pink blazed trail ends at the orange blazed FS road we ascended at the beginning of the hike.

To finish we turn left downhill on the orange blazed FS road and shortly arrive back at the parking area.

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Greenbrier River Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I paddled down the river and absolutely loved it. Beautiful trails, water and scenery. All and all one of the better trails I have gone on

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Snake Hill
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

This used to be one of my favorite places to go in Morgantown. It was very private and lots of exploring. Unfortunately the last time I was out there the trail was close and they had logged over half of the hillsides. Be careful if you decide to go out anyways.

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Maryland Heights
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I completed this hike today. It was rather enjoyable highly recommend it and of course Harpers Ferry is historical town it's neat to take a look at the past. It was kind of crowded today but it's nice to see so many people really active.

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Beaver Pond Twin Coves Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked this on 3/24/14 with part of our scout troop. The trail is in good condition and mainly dry. There are some stream crossings and low spots which are quite muddy.
Weather was nice so it was a good hike.

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The Sunrise Carriage Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

It was basically a long gravel driveway in the middle of town. It beats talking the sidewalk on the road, but I wouldn't make an outing of it.

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Alligator Rock Trail, Kanawha State Forest
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Hiked at a slow pace with others. Entire trip took about 1 hour at a leisurely pace. A few steep sections but not to bad.

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Kanawha State Forest
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24 Completed 21 Reviews

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Dolly Sods Wilderness
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Great adventure for all. Three day hike in which you see many different types of terrain all beautiful in their own way. Lots of flat places to set up camp, and the hilltop view is great.

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