Maryland Heights Anniversary Hike

Day Hike: Maryland Heights/Stone Fort Loop, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Distance: 3.5 miles for Overlook only; 6.5 for Overlook plus Stone Fort Loop/MODERATELY DIFFICULT

Duration: 2 ½ hours for Overlook only; 3 ½ hours for Overlook plus Stone Fort Loop, including shuttle time

These hikes are in partnership with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and are in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the park. The hikes will include historical interpretation of Harpers Ferry and the formation of the park. After the group visits the overlook, hikers may return to the Lower Town directly or continue on Stone Fort Loop. Both hikes feature wonderful views and Civil War fortifications, but the long route is especially rich in history. Both the short and long hikes are on steep and sometimes rugged trails, and the full hike includes 1400 feet of elevation gain.

We will meet at the HFNHP Visitor Center and take the park shuttle to begin the hike in Lower Town Harpers Ferry. The hike is open to all adults and minors accompanied by adults who are fit for a challenging, multi-hour hike at a moderate pace.

Hikers must pay park entrance fee, but there is no extra charge for the hike, though donations to the HF Park Association are welcome. Attendance each day is limited to 25 individuals, and reservations are required by calling 304-535-2908 or emailing We ask those who cancel their reservation to let us know to allow others to take their places.

Boots or shoes fit for the trail are required, and you must dress appropriately for the weather and sun expected that day. You must carry water with you, and snacks are recommended. Hiking poles or a walking stick may be helpful.

Meet: 8:30 am, Harpers Ferry NHP Visitor Center, 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry (off US340, across from the towns). We will depart on bus at 8:45; it is recommended that you arrive at the park between 8 and 8:15