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Hike 21: Overlook Cliff in Harpers Ferry


This hike follows a challenging ascent on woodland trails and old forest roads for spectacular views of the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and Harpers Ferry. This route skips Stone Fort Trail and allows more time for touring Harpers Ferry and its many museums, in addition to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s headquarters and visitor center. Parking is available at the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Visitor Center at 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. (304) 535-6298. Find more information at: The yellow highlight is used to illustrate the recommended route (4.8 miles, 1400' ascent). If available, take a shuttle from the Visitor Center parking to Harpers Ferry Lower Town. From the bus stop, proceed to the Shenandoah St, Potomac St junction. Turn right past the John Brown Fort; under the railroad track to “The Point.” Take a left onto the ramp to a footbridge that crosses the Potomac River. Head left on the C&O Canal tow path and take a right onto a wooden bridge over the C&O Canal. Cross Sandy Hook Rd. Turn left onto green-blazed Combined Trail; straight at first junction to 1862 Naval Battery and continue past Battery. Take a right (uphill) to rejoin Combined Trail. Head straight onto red-blazed Cliff Overlook Trail (passing blue-blazed Stone Fort Trail). Bear right to continue on to the stellar view of Harpers Ferry from Overlook Cliff. This is a good stopping place for lunch. Retrace steps to return to the Lower Town. Through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) maintains and protects a section of the Appalachian Trail, in addition to the Tuscarora and other nearby trails and trail lands, in the Mid-Atlantic region for the enjoyment of present and future hikers. Visit to learn more about our mission and find volunteer opportunities. PATC expressly disclaims responsibility for the condition or location of trails, features, or facilities shown on this map, or for occurrences on them, at any time whatsoever. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this map, but users are requested to report map corrections and trail information to This map was originally published as part of a printed guidebook, comprised of 70 numbered hikes, crafted for the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference.

Price: $ 0.99 USD

Vendor: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Inc.

Category: Trails

Activities: Hiking

Published: 2015-July

Language: English

Size: 11.3 MB

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