Hike: Maryland Heights / Harpers Ferry Nat’l Park, WV & MD
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About the Event
$26 & bring park pass if you have one. Morning hike options: 4½ miles with 1200 ft. ascent/descent, or 6½ mi. with 1700 ft. ascent/descent. Optional afternoon hike: 5 mi. with 800 ft. ascent, 600 ft. descent.
It’s no surprise that this outing has become a first-week-in-December tradition for Capital: It offers a rare combination hiking, history and holiday ambiance. For hiking, choose between two morning routes to the Maryland Heights Overlook, with its incomparable view of the town of Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. For history, explore the town itself, a National Historical Park. For more hiking and history, opt for the afternoon trip to the Murphy-Chambers Farm Area, site of a Civil War Battle. For holiday ambience, check out the decorations in the town, where shops and lunch are available.