This scenic hike offers views of three states: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland as well as awesome views of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers converging.

Maryland Heights is at the convergence of Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, as well as the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The Appalachian Trail and C&O Canal Towpath are also easily accessible from the trailhead parking lot.

The parking lot holds about 16 cars and is between Locks 33 and 34, or approximately mile 61 of the C & O Canal Towpath. The hike starts on the opposite side of the road from the Towpath. Follow the steep green-blazed trail and keep right at the split with the blue-blazed Stone Fort Trail. You'll now be on the red-blazed "Overlook Cliff Trail".

Be sure to look for the trail breaking off and descending quickly to the right from the old road bed - this is approximately 1.1 miles into the hike. After this turn it's a quick 0.3 mile, 300' descent down to Maryland Heights. The overlook has views of Virginia, the town of Harper's Ferry (West Virginia) and Maryland. There's plenty of room to spread out, which is nice when there's typically large crowds here on the weekend.

Simply retrace your steps along the Overlook Trail back to your car for a 2.8 mile round trip hike. For a longer option, you could also explore the 2.2 mile Stone Fort Trail either on your way in or way out (See this map). Once finished, cross the Potomac River via the Appalachian Trail to get a bite to eat and/or an adult beverage in Harper's Ferry.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Sturdy shoes for hiking
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RT Distance 2.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 900 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Adult Beverages
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
River
Scenic

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Crowded but worth it!

Wow. They're not kidding when they say this place gets crowded. I think I hiked in behind an entire Sunday School class. But, you gotta do it. It's gorgeous!

Great Hike Followed By Exceptional View

It was only a 2.8 mile hike from the entrance to the overlook and back. The worst part was finding parking as close to the starting point as possible. I ended up using Parkmobile to park in the Old District of Harper's Ferry, walked across the rail bridge, then along the Tow Path to the starting point of this hike. Overall, worth it for the view. Crowded at the center point of the overlook, but there were other spots to venture off to on the left and right for more privacy.

Awesome Views

Awesome views of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and smack center the historical town of Harpers Ferry. Gets so so so crowded at the overlook so be warned! Get there early or go very late to find the parking close to the trailheads and to avoid the heavy crowds. A definite must do if you live in the area, very scenic.


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