Maryland Heights Hike

  • Dates: Year round
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Price: $10-$30
  • Includes: Guide, historical interpretation, shuttle
  • Location: Across from Harpers Ferry, WV

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Maryland Heights is the area’s BEST for scenic hikes. Add to that an area rich in American history and you have a must-do hike!  The trail begins just across from the historic C&O Canal, that threads its way up the Potomac River. You’ll climb steadily up a picturesque stream valley, lined with rock outcroppings and forests. When you reach the top of the mountain, a side trail winding through the woods leads you to the spectacular overlook of two rivers and three states. Maryland Heights towers above the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and Harpers Ferry National Park. You are on top of the world!

A whitewater or mellow tubing trip for only $20 more is the perfect way to cool off after your hike.

“Harpers Ferry played an especially important role during the Civil War. So important was this site that it changed hands 8 times during the four years of the war. Batteries of artillery occupied several sites on the surrounding hills including the slopes of Maryland Heights. The early abolitionist John Brown seized an armory in Harpers Ferry and made a valiant last stand against federal troops.” – Charles D


Tour Information

  •           PRICING / DETAILS -Maryland Heights Overlook Guided Hike

    Pricing Price includes: hiking guide and
    Suggested age: 7 Trip length: 2-3 hours (duration can be
    Year round
    Adults $10-$30 Departure Times:
    8:30am, 11:30am,
    Kids 12 & under $10-$25
    Based on Groups of 10 or more Bring: Hiking shoes/boots, sack lunch (if lunch
    time), water and day/fanny pack
    Add 5% amusement fee + $2.50 user fee/person

    On cooler days:
    Sneakers or hiking boots, wool or thermal socks, fleece shirts/jackets, wind breakers, gloves, wind breaker pants, optional wicking under garments (long johns, not cotton) and hat

    On warmer days:
    Sneakers or hiking boots, shorts, t-shirts, baseball style hat or visor

    Suggested items to bring:
    Sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, bottled water, snacks (granola bar, etc.), camera, backpack to carry items in

    Directions To River and Trail Outfitters in Knoxville, Maryland

    604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD

    From the Baltimore area:
    Take I-70W to Frederick. Take Exit 52 onto 340W for 16 miles. Turn right on Valley Road at the yellow flashing lights just before the Potomac River Bridge. We are immediately on the left.

    From the Washington D.C area.:
    Take I-270N to Frederick. Merge with I-70W toward Hagerstown. Move to far right lane immediately. Take Exit 52 onto 340W toward Charles Town. Follow 340 for 16 miles. Turn right on Valley Road at the yellow flashing lights just before the Potomac River Bridge. We are immediately on the left.

    From the Northern Virginia area:
    Take the Greenway to Route 7W or get directly on Route 7W (Leesburg Pike) past Leesburg. Exit onto Route 9W toward Charles Town. Approximately 2 miles after the small town of Hillsboro, turn right onto Route 671. At the T-intersection turn right onto 340 and cross the Potomac River Bridge. Turn left at the first Maryland intersection (yellow flashing lights just past bridge) onto Valley Road. We are immediately on the left.

    From the Harpers Ferry WV area: 
    Take 340 N, go approximately 3 miles past Harpers Ferry, crossing over the Shenandoah and Potomac River bridges into Maryland. Just after the Potomac River Bridge, turn left at the yellow flashing lights onto Valley Road. We are immediately on the left.

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    When you arrive at River & Trail, continue 1/2 mile past it to the top of the hill to find turn arounds in the developments on the right. DO NOT TURN AROUND IN ANY OF THE SMALL DRIVEWAYS BEFORE THIS. This many cause an accident or a ditched bus!

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