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Hiking Maryland Heights

 
 
Hiking Maryland Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
1. Hiking Maryland Heights Marker
While mostly informational, this marker contains a paragraph and an illustration that merit inclusion as a historical marker.
Inscription. Here the trail divides and the choice is yours. Time and hiking difficulties are important factors as you select your trail route.

The Stone Fort Trail
To your left, is a strenuous but rewarding hike to the summit. The route passes Civil War forts and campgrounds, scenic overlooks and weathered charcoal hearths.
Distnace: 3.3 miles
Time: 3 hours round trip.


Be Prepared!
There are no restrooms or water along either trail.


The Road to Retreat
You are hiking the same mountain road that defeated Federal troops descended on September 13, 1862. Despite a six-hour resistance upon the crest against a 2,000-man Confederate advance, Union defenders received orders at 3:00 p.m. to withdraw from Maryland Heights and "fall back to Harpers Ferry in good order." Forty hours later, with the capture of Harpers Ferry by Stonewall Jackson, Union commander Col. Dixon S. Miles surrendered 12,500 men, including the 2,000 defenders from Maryland Heights.

The Overlook Cliff Trail
To your right, is a moderate but pleasant hike to a scenic overlook of Harpers Ferry and the Shenandoah Valley.
Distance: 1.4 miles
Time: 1.5 hours round trip

 
Location. 39° 19.943′ N, 77° 43.637′ W. Marker
Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
2. Trail Map
is in Sandy Hook, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Sandy Hook Road. Touch for map. Located at the split between the Stone Fort and Overlook Cliff Trails, on Maryland Heights, part of the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Knoxville MD 21758, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Naval Battery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Making a Mountain Citadel (approx. 0.2 miles away); 30-Pounder Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charcoal Making on Maryland Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maryland Heights - Mountain Fortress of Harpers Ferry (approx. mile away); 100 - Pounder Battery - Heaviest and Highest (approx. 0.3 miles away); Exploring Maryland Heights (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Campgrounds (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
 
More about this marker. In the lower section of the marker is a drawing of "Retreating Federal troops descending the mountain road on September 13, 1862. Thirteen months earlier, soldiers from the Second Massachusetts Infantry had constructed the road as one of their first projects of the Civil War." A map of the trails with key points of interest is on the upper right quadrant of the marker.
 
Regarding Hiking Maryland Heights.
The Trail Split image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
3. The Trail Split
This marker is one of a set along the National Park Service's trail to the top of Maryland Heights. You can see the other markers in this set through the Maryland Heights Virtual Tour by Markers link below.
 
Also see . . .
1. Maryland Heights. National Park Service details about the heights and the hiking trail. (Submitted on January 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Harpers Ferry. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on January 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Maryland Heights Virtual Tour by Markers. A set of markers relating the history of Maryland Heights in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. (Submitted on February 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,510 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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