Harpers Ferry

Last week I went hiking with my brother in Harpers Ferry West Virginia. Harpers Ferry is where Maryland, VA, and WV meet and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet. Because of this the town is surrounded by high ground and there is some nice hiking and views.

The Appalachiancan trail and C&O canal run through town, there is rafting during the summer, and a  lot of Civil War history took place here so it’s a great place to visit.

 The hike we did was up to what is know as Maryland Heights and was about 8 miles of hiking. We parked in Virginia and walked through town, crossed the river and went along the C&O to get to the trail head. 

Here is a satellite photo of the area, and the elevation profile. The hike was not technical but I was surprised at how hard it was to get up some of the steep sections on the way up the trail.

For the hike I used my new GPS toys that I am going to write about in a week or two once I get a chance to try something else out.


 Maryland heights has two trails, the more strenuous one is the first peak on the elevation photo and the long skinny section on the GPS. Once you got near the top you went along a ridge and had some great views of the valley and back into Maryland. If you come back during the fall there should be a lot of great foliage views.


The second peak on the chart is the less strenuous trail and takes you to some rock ledges overlooking Harpers Ferry where the rivers meet. 

Below are some of the pictures taken throughout the day. All told it was 3 hours of hiking including all the stops and picture taking.

I had a great time and the hiking was harder then I thought it would be and I am looking forward to doing it again, I might going hiking somewhere near skyline drive.

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