Check out the Google map for Harpers Ferry Climbing
Maryland Heights/Elk Ridge
Option 1: Park your car in the gravel lot next to the Cindy Dee Restaurant (currently closed for business) off of Keep Tryst Rd. Carpool, Walk, Bike, etc.
Option 2: Park in the National Park Service (NPS) lots (there are 3) along Sandy Hook Rd. The lots are along the Potomac River upstream of the main cliff face (Maryland Heights). Get to these lots early on the weekend and during prime tourist season. CARPOOL FROM THE GRAVEL LOT NEXT TO THE CINDY DEE RESTAURANT.
Option 3 (***Best): During the summer and weekends (when local public schools are out of session) there is a school bus turnaround at the upstream end of the town of Sandy Hook. Park your car on the edge of the turnaround. Stay out of the main turnaround space. The turnaround is still used by the river tubing companies, local residents, etc. on weekends and in the summer. CARPOOL FROM THE LOT ADJACENT TO THE CINDY DEE RESTAURANT.
Option 4: Park at the official Visitor Center parking lot for Harpers Ferry National Historic Park (HFNHP). Take a bus into Harpers Ferry and hike to wherever you plan to climb. Drive west of the gorge on highway 340 to find the NPS visitor center. I have never used this option but it is possible.
Option 5: Take a train from anywhere in the country and get off in Harpers Ferry. Walk anywhere in the gorge from the train station.
Option 1: Park at the “Widespot” along highway 340 below the main Loudon Heights cliff. This is the primary takeout for whitewater kayakers so it is often busy.
Option 1: Near the entrance to the lower town area of HFNHP is a NPS self pay parking lot. This lot is at the base of the highway 340 bridge over the Shenandoah River on the town side of the river. Whitewater users are exempt from paying. Maybe the climbing community can gain recognition by the park service for use of this lot as a “put in” to our activities.
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