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Harpers Ferry is considered by many to be the "psychological halfway point" of the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail has many scenic hikes on the main trail and side trails in and around Harpers Ferry. The elevation of the Trail in West Virginia varies from 265 feet at Harpers Ferry, the lowest point in West Virginia, to 1200 feet near Loudon Heights. The trail is only in West Virginia proper for 4 miles and stradles the West Virginia-Virginia border for 15 miles heading south.
Popular hikes abound in and around Harpers Ferry. The views are protected by Harpers Ferry National Park, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park, the Potomac National Heritage Trail as well the the Appalachian Trail itself.
Hikes include Maryland Heights, where many famous pictures of Harpers Ferry are taken. This hike is fairly strenuous, but worth the work.
Loundon Heights trail in Virginia is a good hke from the Harpers Ferry National Park parking lot on Shenandoah Street. This hike gains alot of elevation coming out of Harpers Ferry, but is fairly level for quite a while nearer to Loudon Heights. Beautiful views of the town of Harpers Ferry and the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers are afforded during the hike.
Weaverton Cliffs is an "easier" hike in Weverton, MD just across the Potomac with views of the Potomac River and Short Hill from the Cliffs.
The short hike through Harpers Ferry National Park leads to Jefferson Rock. Few sights in America are more beautiful than looking down at Harpers Ferry and confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Thomas Jefferson was so amazed by it that he wrote “This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic.” Stop at the Appalachian Trail Conference center as well. Downtown Harpers Ferry also features quite a few restaurants and shops during the daytime hours. You can return to the Shenandoah Street parking area along the Shenandoah River to view the ruins of Virginius Island.