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Maryland Heights and Stone Fort Loop

Tour Civil War history and reach a spectacular overlook of Harper's Ferry.

Hiking Difficult

10 km
486 m
486 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
74 m
High Point
442 m
Maryland Heights and Stone Fort Loop Map

Maryland Heights above Harper's Ferry is an extremely popular sightseeing hike as it affords spectacular views of the town below and the Potomac River stretching away into the distance. You'll also enjoy a large dose of Civil War history along this hike.


Harper's Ferry is also one of the most famous stops along the Appalachian trail, and you're likely to spot a number of thru-hikers in town. That said, the hike to Maryland Heights actually isn't on the AT alignment, making for a unique and entertaining hike. The heights themselves are located low on the mountainside, with the shortest route to reach them measuring only about 4.5 miles round-trip.

However, the route shown here climbs higher on the mountainside to visit an old stone fort near the mountain's summit.

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/hafe/planyourvisit/maryland-heights-trail.htm https://appalachiantrail.org/our-work/about-us/contact-us/harpers-ferry-visitor-center/



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.


  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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