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Maryland Heights Loop

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Length


6.8 Miles 10.9 Kilometers


1,488' 454 m

Ascent

-1,488' -453 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

1,463' 446 m

High

264' 81 m

Low

Shared By Aaron Lee

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A hike with scenic overlooks of Harpers Ferry and civil war fortifications.

Aaron Lee

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Overview

The trails that traverse Maryland Heights offer hikers the opportunity to see many aspects of Harpers Ferry NHP on one go: spectacular scenery, geology, and Civil War and transportation history.

Description

From the Information Center in Lower Town turn right to merge with the Appalachian Trail at the dead end of Shenandoah Street. Cross the footbridge over the Potomac River. Turn left (upstream) on the C&O Canal Towpath. The trail stays on the towpath for 0.3 miles, and then crosses a footbridge over the canal bed to Harpers Ferry Road. Be careful! Watch for traffic. Directly across the road is the Maryland Heights Trailhead.

The first bend on this green-blazed section of the Overlook Cliff Trail offers a nice view of the Potomac. Go straight at the first intersection to a see the 1862 Naval Battery, then return to the green-blazed trail and turn right. At the next two intersections stay straight on the red-blazed Overlook Cliff Trail. About 0.3 miles turn right for a narrow, rocky descent 0.5 miles to the cliffs overlooking Harpers Ferry.

Backtrack to the first intersection with the blue-blazed Stone Fort Trail. You'll turn north here, and continue for one mile uphill past Civil War artillery batteries and through boulders to the Civil War Stone Fort. The trail curves out of the Stone Fort past breastworks and descends steeply over one mile back to the green-blazed Overlook Cliff Trail. Turn right and backtrack to the C&O Canal Towpath.

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Jan 4, 2019
Mikala Shremshock
Dec 5, 2018
Brian Ridgeway
Love this hike 6.8mi
Dec 2, 2018
Kyle Lawrence
Nov 16, 2018
Yichen Xu
7.4mi
Nov 4, 2018
Raymond Tang
Oct 7, 2018
Zachary Bendorf
- Blue Ridge mountains -With sam 3.5mi
Sep 16, 2018
Jennifer Dumas
Hiked with Jamey to prep for Grand Canyon. There was an engagement at the overview. Ice cream afterwards. 6.5mi
Sep 16, 2018
Jamey Dumas
Pre-Grand Canyon hike. Elevation gain of 1,820. 6.5mi

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Mark Sonder
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Mark Sonder   Washington, District of Col…
Leki telescopic trekking poles left in 2nd parking lot of the MD Heights Trail on Saturday 1/26 at approx. 2:30pm. Silly me, leaning them up against my car, then driving off! If retrieved, please call me at 540-636-1640. Thank you in advance. Jan 27, 2019

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