Summer Fun Day #74: Hike the Maryland Heights Trail in Harpers Ferry

The Maryland Heights trail is a challenging hike that leads to a rewarding bird’s-eye view of Harpers Ferry.

harpersferryThe 4-mile round-trip hike to the cliffs and back is difficult because it is steep and rocky, but at the top of the climb, the panoramic views of the Potomac and Shenandoah river valleys and town below make it all worth it.

If your family is looking for more of a challenge, hike further up the mountain on the 6.5-mile round-trip route to the stone fort from the Civil War.

Stop at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Visitor’s Center to learn about Harpers Ferry’s significance in American history before you start your hike. The town is a great place to check out and add a little history to your day. For details check out our story on day trips with a dose of education.

The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $10 per vehicle.

For more information about the hikes and history, visit the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park website.

For other ideas for where to hike, check out our list of 7 Maryland hikes with amazing views.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer page for daily family activities and our daily calendar of events.

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