The Top 5 Iconic Vistas in Hagerstown & Washington County, MD
Hike to New Heights - The Best View is YOURS in Washington County, MD!
Washington County, Maryland’s iconic scenic overlooks provide some of the most breathtaking vistas in the Mid-Atlantic. Some are very easy to get to, some are the payoff for a moderate to difficult hike. All are near quaint small towns that offer great dining, shopping, hiking gear and more.
Annapolis Rock: Located along the Maryland portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.), at an elevation of 1,700’ this hike is moderately strenuous with some steep inclines and non-level footing. A 2.2-mile hike, this is a popular spot for both hikers and rock climbers. The gorgeous vista includes a westward view of Greenbrier Lake and the Cumberland Valley.
High Rock: Also located along the A.T., High Rock Overlook (1,400 ft elevation) is located along the Mason-Dixon Line and is accessible by car. This scenic vista gives a northern view into Pennsylvania.
Maryland Heights: Along the Blue Ridge Mountains is Maryland Heights Overlook, where hikers can see the most famous view of the town of Harper’s Ferry, in Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park. Surrounded by the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers, the payoff for this moderate to strenuous hike is one the very best.
Washington Monument State Park: Located atop South Mountain, along the A.T., it is named for the first completed monument that was dedicated to George Washington. The monument is a 40’ rugged stone tower, erected in 1827, with a 1,600’ elevation. The park is an ideal site for spotting migratory birds such as hawks, eagles and falcons, especially in mid-September. Stop by the park office or museum to learn more about the first major Civil War battle fought in Maryland. After, take the short hike up to the monument. This is a fairly easy hike for hikers and non-hikers at a .4-mile round trip.
Sideling Hill Welcome Center: A highway stop along I-70, no hiking is required for this view. When the highway was under construction, it was determined that a cut through the mountain rather than building over it was more advantageous. It is considered a geological marvel.
Explore our five National Parks for iconic vistas and jump off the trails for wineries with breathtaking views. Visit our quaint historic towns and make your stay unforgettable.
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