View From The Heights

Myersville, Maryland 21773

View From The Heights

View From The Heights Professional Review and Guide

"Hike southbound on Maryland’s Blue Ridge, past Civil War relics, to a sublime, cliff-top view of one of the most historic towns in the United States: Harpers Ferry. A strategic point of great importance during the Civil War, this town is now a hub of outdoor recreation and one of the few through which the Appalachian Trail (AT) passes directly.

Taking advantage of Maryland’s long and relatively flat ridges, you’ll walk almost 25 moderate miles to enter Harpers Ferry—the “psychological halfway point” of the AT—much as a southbound thru-hiker would. Excellent overlooks abound on this route, including vistas from White Rocks, Weverton Cliffs, and Maryland Heights. This trip will also take you through countryside that served as a backdrop to some of the most important events of the Civil War; Harpers Ferry was taken eight times during the war and was the site of John Brown’s famous raid—a bloody attempt to spark a slave revolt. You’ll find a wealth of ruins and monuments on the trail to pique your curiosity and spark your imagination."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
24.7 miles one-way
4,206 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
2-3 days
Appalachian Trail Conservancy, 304-535-6331,; PATC, 703-242-0315; or the South Mountain Recreation Area, 301-791-4656
Local Contacts
USGS Quads: Harpers Ferry, Keedlesville, Middletown, and Myersville
Local Maps

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Jul 2018