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Maryland Heights

Harpers Ferry, WV

scenic overlook, civil war fortifications, moderate to strenuous climb

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Dolly Sods Wilderness
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

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Maryland Heights
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11 Completed 7 Reviews

This is a VERY steep hike. Was surprised on how difficult it was at some parts since it was very consistently up hill. But breathtaking views along the whole trail and getting to the overlook is worth it all.

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Glady to High Falls on Shavers Fork
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

To be clear, the overview and description on this hike do not match up with directions in the "drive" button above. If you do follow these directions to the West Fork Rail Trail parking lot, you will experience a nasty shock when you set out on the hike and find that it's actually 12.6 miles roundtrip to get to High Falls back.

After parking at the West Fork Trailhead in Glady, the path on the West Fork Rail Trail is 3.2 miles. Since this is a converted railbed, there is no concern of getting lost here. You'll then come to the High Falls Trail turnoff. Be on the lookout as the path is marked with a small upright post and the trail can be quite overgrown. Turn right, and the High Falls Trail then leads into the forest, which is pretty well marked with yellow and blue markers. Eventually, the High Falls and Allegheny Trails split. Be sure to keep following the Blue markers for the High Falls Trail. Around where the two trails split, you'll begin descending again and eventually meet the railroad tracks. This is where we decided to turn around because we were losing daylight and we severely underestimated the distance. Looking at the map though, if you turn right, and walk along the tracks, you'll eventually reach the falls.

Good luck!

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/West+Fork+Trail+Parking,+W+Fork+Trail,+WV+26268/High+Falls/@38.7617143,-79.7700285,15z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x884b21f6c4483cb3:0x797a434b40f9fd05!2m2!1d-79.725046!2d38.788821!1m5!1m1!1s0x884b18dc41d4c6e1:0x4d575e1735584578!2m2!1d-79.7776003!2d38.7722517!3e2

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Falls of Hills Creek
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

Always a nice hike. My 3 1/2 year old and 73 year old grandmother did it this year with me. A lot of stairs.

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Spruce Knob - West Virginia Highpoint
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

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Maryland Heights
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike for the earth cache at the lookout

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Maryland Heights
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Sunday July, 29th, 2012 I proposed to my now wife Vickie on the balcony at the laurel lodge in Harpers Ferry WV i was originally going to propose at the top of the overlook trail but after thinking things over i decided it was more romantic at the laurel lodge. Regardless the overlook trail is a great hike and we will always will remember Harpers ferry and the Maryland height trail as a Special time in our lives

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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
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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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