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Maryland Heights

Harpers Ferry, WV

scenic overlook, civil war fortifications, moderate to strenuous climb

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Seneca Rocks
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

A must do in West Virginia! It is definitely a tourist area with a paved parking lot and a visitors center, which means the trail can be quite busy. However, it also means that there is easy access to the trail and it is well maintained. The hiking trail to get to the overlook is pretty steep, but nothing really that special, however it is totally worth it for the view at the top! The official overlook at the top is pretty great, but the best view is achieved by going past the "Stop here, proceed at your own risk" signs. While my fearless husband had no problem scampering up to the top, I was pretty hesitant, but I'm REALLY glad I sucked it up and made it up there... the view is AMAZING!

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Pase Point Trail
by Anna W

21 Completed 1 Reviews

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High Falls
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I did this trail with my 9-year-old son in July 2014. This was his first hike of any length and we did it in just over 2 hours each way. We swam and snorkeled in the spectacular swimming hole at the foot of the falls, and camped just next to the river. Didn't see another person the whole time. Just after we left, around noon on a Wednesday, we heard the tourist train arrive, presumably from Elkins.

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Maryland Heights
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I have done the shorter hike directly to the Harpers Ferry overlook as well as the longer hike to the top of Maryland Heights and down to the overlook. It is a challenging uphill hike, but the remnants of the Civil War fortifications and the view from the overlook make it worthwhile. There is also a nice view eastward from the top of Maryland Heights of the Potomac as it meanders through the country side. A "must do" hike for any serious hikers in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Maryland Heights
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

Done the shorter route several times and absolutely love it! Done longer route once and wasn't impressed - not marked/maintained well in several places, and no where near as scenic. Decent for history lovers, but do your research before hiking because many of the informational signs are damaged to the point of being difficult to read.

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Harpers Ferry: Visitor Center to Lower Town Trail
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

Well maintained inclines with great views.

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Seneca Rocks
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25 Completed 15 Reviews

A West Virginia Icon, Seneca Rocks is one of the most popular short hikes in the state.. and for good reason. The Cockscomb Sandstone formation juts out of the rolling hills with great prominence offering a spectacular view from its top. Expect crowds during weekends in the summer.

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Otter Creek Trail
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25 Completed 15 Reviews

Make a great 9 mile loop by starting at Condon Trailhead (at the termini of forest road 303) Hike the loop counter clockwise by way of Hedrick Camp trail - Shavers Mountain- Mylius Trail - and finishing on Otter Creek southbound back to the trailhead. And be sure to enjoy some swimming holes along Otter Creek before wrapping up!

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Seneca Rocks
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23 Completed 24 Reviews

Nice views. Pretty steep climb, but short. I hiked this one to get to a climbing route, but I think it'd make for a quick and rewarding hike by itself. Once you get to the top, continue scrambling up the cliff - just be careful as the rocks are lose and fall is very far. The views are spectacular though.

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Elakala to Yellow Birch Trail Loop
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10 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice walk with great views the trails seem like the all cross each other at least a time or 2 so make sure you watch the signs or keep your trail map handy. We also grabbed a geocache while we were up there.

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