Maryland Heights Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,488' 454 m
Descent: -1,488' -453 m
High: 1,463' 446 m
Low: 264' 81 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A run with scenic overlooks of Harpers Ferry and civil war fortifications.”— Aaron Lee
The first bend on this green-blazed section of the Overlook Cliff Trail offers a nice view of the Potomac. Go straight at the first intersection to a see the 1862 Naval Battery, then return to the green-blazed trail and turn right. At the next two intersections stay straight on the red-blazed Overlook Cliff Trail. About 0.3 miles turn right for a narrow, rocky descent 0.5 miles to the cliffs overlooking Harpers Ferry.
Backtrack to the first intersection with the blue-blazed Stone Fort Trail. You'll turn north here, and continue for one mile uphill past Civil War artillery batteries and through boulders to the Civil War Stone Fort. The trail curves out of the Stone Fort past breastworks and descends steeply over one mile back to the green-blazed Overlook Cliff Trail. Turn right and backtrack to the C&O Canal Towpath.
Land Manager: NPS - Harpers Ferry National Historic Park