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School House Ridge South

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.9 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  School House Ridge is an overlooked and least understood topographic feature associated with Harpers Ferry's Civil War history. Until ... more »

Tips:  Make sure to bring a trail map with you. Trail maps and directions to School House Ridge South are free and located at the Visitor... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Courtney's Battery Trail

Invasion rocked the United States during the second
year of the American Civil War. In September 1862,
Confederate General Robert E. Lee launched his army
into Maryland—the North. Lee’s first target became
Harpers Ferry. He ordered “Stonewall” Jackson to
make the attack.

Follow this route to the cannons pointing towards Harpers Ferry, Maryland... More

2. Cannons Facing Toward Harpers Ferry

Accurate communication was crucial to winning the Battle of Harpers Ferry. Rivers, mountains, and miles of distance separated Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson from his mountaintop commanders. With telegraph messaging impossible and courier service difficult, signal flags became the principle form of communication. Confederate signal men... More

3. Optional Crossing to Ruins

If the grass is cut, you can take this route to the ruins. Often, deer and other wildlife can be seen in the field.

4. Allstadt Farm House

John Brown ordered a detachment under John Cook to take certain important person as prisoners. Among these were Colonel Lewis Washington at "Beall Air" along with three of his slaves. On the way back to Harper's Ferry, this entire party stopped at Allstadt's where John Allstadt, his 18 year old son John Thomas, and seven slaves were also taken... More

5. Setting the Trap

Confederate Major General "Stonewall" Jackson faced three enemies - the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry, its formidable position on Bolivar Heights, and time. On the second day of the battle, although pummeled by a Confederate bombardment, the Federals still stood firm. Jackson knew he had to force the issue. He devised a three-point plan. First, ... More

6. Allstadt Farm Trail

The first part of Allstdt Farm trail is a scenic walk with open fields surrounded by wildlife. Birds and deer can be seen within the open fields.

7. Allstadt Farm Loop Trail

Benches are located throughout the loop trail and can be used as rest stop.

8. Allstadt Farm Trail View Point

Maryland Heights and Loudon Heights can be seen from this view point.