MD Summer Fun: Daytrip to historic Harpers Ferry

HarpersFerryHarpers Ferry, W.Va., is a great family daytrip about an hour and a half from Annapolis.

The beautiful, historic town sits right at the convergence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and is perfect for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike.

There are trails to hike, an old town to explore, the C&O Canal Tow Path for biking and battlefields to visit.

From the town, climb up ancient steps carved into stone to visit a historic cemetery and take in the view of the rivers below.

Directly across the Potomac you might see people atop what's known as Maryland Heights. To hike to the top of Maryland Heights head back into town and cross the train trestle bridge to the C&O Canal Tow Path. Head up the path for less than half a mile and cross the street to the trailhead. There is a 5-mile circuit hike for hearty hikers or a shorter up and back hike suitable for kids who don't mind a bit of a climb. Keep them close when you get to the top! The view of the rivers and town is spectacular.

For details on things to do in Harpers Ferry, visit the National Park Service website.

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