** Possible post poned for weather. Check comments for updates!!!
• What we'll do
Continuation of Day 1's Hike at Weaverton. This one will be a little more challenging as it is a bit longer. But it will balance nicely for the day. There is a lot of history on this trail.
I will be staying at the Knights Inn in Knoxville. It's $80 for the night. If anyone is looking to split the costs with me my room has two queen beds. I don't mind sharing a bed if we really want to go budget friendly. The room includes parking, wifi and breakfast! (PS- I mentioned staying at a Hostel before, as there is one nearby, but after looking at the reviews of the place on hostelz.com I decided against it. Especially, if there is a chance that others might be joining me).
Here is the description of this hike from Hiking Upward:
Maryland Heights is another of those must-do circuits for most hikers in the metro area. With a spectacular view of Harpers Ferry from the main overlook, and steeped in Civil War history, this shorter circuit is a favorite for many. But be prepared for the crowds, on nicer days this hike is very busy.
The main ridge at Maryland Heights has the ruins of Union Civil War forts, trenches, gunpowder magazines, and infantry encampments. With most of the circuit having informational signage describing the different ruins.
From the parking area start up the Combined Trail and pass the Naval Battery built in 1862, and first of the Union fortifications on Maryland Heights. At the next intersection, and informational sign, turn left uphill on the Stone Fort Trail as it very steeply ascends towards the ridge.
Once arriving at the ridge pass through the main fort area, then climb a set of log stairs to reach the main interior of the fort. This main section, and largest earthwork, was constructed in June of 1863. The main stone wall on the north of the fort was erected to protect it from northern attack.
From here the Stone Fort Trail will pass back to the south, with views of the Potomac River to the east through the trees. The trail will descend more steeply before ending at the intersection of the top section of the Combined Trail.
Turn left towards the overlook and in 150 yards turn right down the Overlook Trail. The main overlook for Harpers Ferry is in 0.3 miles.
Return to the Combined Trail, then follow it past the two trailheads for the Stone Fort Trail as it descends back down to Sandyhook Rd.
Cost will be $20 per person, $15 if you are also doing part 1 on Saturday.
• What to bring
Lots of water and some munchies for our picnic break up at the top. And your camera of course! Everything from Part 1 at Weaverton still applies as this is the same State Park land that we will be hiking through. • Important to know
I realize that this is a Holiday. From reviews of the trail, I am going to say we will certainly not be alone on this hike. It seems to be quite popular. I still accept no responsibility for injuries to yourself, others or property.