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Maryland Heights

Harpers Ferry, WV

scenic overlook, civil war fortifications, moderate to strenuous climb

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Table Rock
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42 Completed 5 Reviews

Short hike with lots of unavoidable rocks, and frequent sloppy wet ground. Above-the-ankle, waterproof boots are a must. The views and solitude certainly make this a hike worth doing.

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Kanawha Trace Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

I tried to find this trail by clicking Directions on this app and using the GPS directions, but I ended up in someone's private driveway. :-/

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Rocky to Rhododendron Trail Loop
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30 Completed 18 Reviews

Before you start your trek, cross the bridge from the parking lot and enjoy the history and the views of the expansive waterfalls! When you return to the parking lot walk to the far northern end to start the Rhodo Trail. There, the path is about 10-15' wide and is shared with Mountain bikes. The trail gradually climbs for a mile and you can continue on the Rhodo trail or turn right on to the Rocky trail where you have to option of several loops ranging from 3 to 6 + mile loops.

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Raven Rock Trail
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30 Completed 18 Reviews

The Second most celebrated "rock" at Coopers Rock State forest (behind the forest's namesake itself) Raven Rock is well worth the 4 mile up and back for sure. Only take-away is the power lines at the overlook!

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Big Schloss
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30 Completed 18 Reviews

For a 7.5 mile excursion, we parked at Wolf Gap (smack dab on the WV/VA border) and hiked 1.6 mi. south to Tibbet Knob for a grand and quiet NW view of the Trout Run valley.(you can also see Big Schloss to the NE) Note: There are (2) minor scramble areas near the top.
We returned to Wolf Gap and hiked north to Big Schloss. After a .75 mile steep climb, the trail flattens out to a ridge spine that offers expansive views to the east. Follow the signs to Big Schoss and marvel at the bridge that connects rock outcroppings at the top.
In hindsight, the views from Tibbet Knob isn't quite as spectacular as Big Schloss but at Tibbet we were alone and could hear the rustling of a deer under the picturesque overlook and the call of a hawk overhead, which would have been drowned out by chatter at Big Schloss.

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Beech Fork State Park
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

The Overlook Trail is a nice workout; however, the actual overlook isn't that much to write home about. It basically overlooks Beech Fork Pool. The trail itself is clearly marked, though. It doesn't feel all that secluded, but it's still a nice enough hike.

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Lost Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

This trail provides a nice little work-out. The first time I went, I stayed on the Lost Trail for the entire hike. The second time I went, I decided to follow the fork to the Mary Davis Trail around the lake. That turned into quite an experience, as I had no idea the Mary Davis Trail was so long and not as clearly marked as the Lost Trail. It was mid-late October, so the narrow trail was heavily covered by leaves. As the trail became harder and harder to see, I finally decided to turn around and go back. I spent about four hours hiking that day. I wouldn't mind hiking from the Lost Trail onto the Mary Davis Trail around the lake again, as that part was beautiful, but next time I will probably just turn around once the trail veers off from the lake.

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Tulip Tree to Gentle Oak Trail Loop
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

I love these little trails, although they are short. I usually walk at least twice around if I want to burn some calories. The trails themselves are lovely, though. The little overlook deck at the bottom is a nice little resting spot. I have also seen deer on several occasions.

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Seneca Rocks
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8 Completed 10 Reviews

The view was phenomonal! The hike took about 2 hours but it was worth it!

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Dolly Sods Wilderness
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8 Completed 10 Reviews

There are caves in the area so it is a great opportunity to do some spelunking!

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