Editors' pick

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park photo
(Matt Knott/River Riders)
Harpers Ferry has been the backdrop of remarkable events in history and today provides an abundance of recreational activities.
Daily 8 am-5 pm; Closed Thanksgiving
Christmas and New Year's Day
(West Virginia)
$6 per car; $4 per person arriving on foot, bike or motorcycle
304-535-6029
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Editorial Review

Harpers Ferry offers hiking and walking trails and white water adventures. The park, at the convergence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, covers more than 2,300 acres in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland.

Offerings:
Canoeing; kayaking; white-water rafting
Cross-country skiing
Fishing
Guided tours
Hiking trails
Rock climbing and rapelling
Visitors' Center and a museum

Featured Trail:
The Maryland Heights Trail is a moderately difficult 4- to 6-mile hike that provides spectacular views of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, as well as Civil War ruins.

Elevation change: 1,065 feet
Terrain: Wide dirt and gravel trail changing to narrow dirt, rugged trail
Trail markings: green blazed to red blazed
Access point: from Lower Town District of the park, near the information center

The Maryland Heights Trail showcases the natural beauty and historical significance of Harper's Ferry. It traverses from the Point, where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, to the Overlook Cliffs.

The hike begins from the Lower Town District of the park. The trail head is a couple blocks from the information center and starts out as Military Road, the green-blazed trail. This old dirt and gravel road soon narrows into a more natural, rugged ground. The trail takes you to the red-blazed trail, whose end point is Overlook Cliffs. Spectacular views of the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers can be seen from here.

For an additional touch of history, one can also take the Stone Fort Trail (blue blazed), which is a 1.5-mile loop off of the green trail.

Notes:
Maps are available at the Visitors' Center at the main entrance of the park and from the Information Center at the Lower Town District of the park.
Dogs are allowed on leash.