This is number ONE of a series of 9 hikes that the Mountain Club of Maryland has created. Together, these nine hikes traverse the... more » entire Appalachian Trail in the state of Maryland. This out-and-back hike travels north along the C & O Canal from Harpers Ferry, with the lunch spot overlooking the Potomac at Weverton Cliff. The terrain includes two steep and partially rocky hills, with the remainder being primarily flat. Total elevation gain is 550′ with the longest climb of 550′ over 1.3 miles.
Harpers Ferry is a charming historic village where the states of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet along the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. With its roots from the American Civil War, in current day the small community is primarily a tourist destination, especially during the summer months. There are tons of activities available at Harpers Ferry including water sports such as white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, and canoeing. Along the towpath you can hike, bike, walk or run along the Potomac. There are charming shops, a few restaurants, and ice cream shops open in the warmer months. There are also zip lines in the area, and horseback riding tours available. Please see links below.
HIKE DESCRIPTION: This hike begins at small parking lot within the Harpers Ferry National Park, and immediately goes up a rocky hill to Jefferson Rock that provides an overlook of Harpers Ferry. Then the trail descends into Harpers Ferry (with real public bathrooms). Head north crossing the Byron Memorial Footbridge and veer right for the C & O Canal tow path along the Potomac River heading north. Continue until the path goes under a bridge and begin looking for mile marker #58, and turn left. The trail continues across Keep Tryst Road, and goes under US 340 and then crosses Weverton Road before it begins to travel up South Mountain on switchbacks leading you to Weverton Cliffs. less «