Loudoun Heights Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Loudoun Heights Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.6 miles 1646 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

This high ground was occupied by Confederate general John George Walker during the Battle of Harpers Ferry, September 12-September 15, 1862. Loudoun Heights was also the site of a night attack made on January 10, 1864, by Col. John S. Mosby's Rangers against Major Henry A. Cole's 1st Potomac Home Brigade Maryland Volunteer Cavalry. Mosby's attack failed and ended a long run of engagements between Mosby's Rangers and Cole's Cavalry. The Battle of Loudoun Heights was a small cavalry skirmish during the American Civil War between John Mosby's Rangers and Major Henry A. Cole's 1st Potomac Home Brigade Maryland Cavalry on January 9, 1864, in Loudoun County, Virginia. Cole's Cavalry successfully defended a night raid against their camp on Loudoun Heights. The fight was one of the first engagements in which Union forces held their own against Mosby's vaunted partisans.

hiking
14 days ago

Good hike! Recommend doing it when leaves are off trees for best views. A longer hike than Maryland Heights (which you can see people at that overlook from this one) but not as strenuous. Still challenging though.

15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

This is a perfect day hike. 3 hrs from the parking lot, with a quick break at the overlook for a snack. Appropriately rated as intermediate. Well marked and maintained trail. Impossible to get lost. Great views. Bonus of being close to historic Harpers Ferry and including part of the AT. Maryland heights used to be my go to day hike in the area. This trail is more challenging/interesting, parking is easier, and the views are equivalent. It'll be my new day hike to take friends/family members visiting the area.

Great trail. Nice views. Try taking the Orange blaze back to the white for a changeup

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with steep inclines and challenging terrain. But there is no view at the top which was a little disappointing. Also no sign of water falls.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike for anyone that can handle normal walking. Good views of Harpers Ferry from a couple of vantage points. From the parking lot, it was a total of 7 +- miles that takes about 4 - 4.5 hours. Good idea to take some water, as the elevation gain may leave you a tad dehydrated on the way back to the car.

3 months ago

I loved this trail. Moderately challenging but very nice with good views. Not crowded at all.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was challenging for me, I like that most of it is in the shade. If you're looking to get into shape like me then this trail will get your heart rate up! Enjoy!

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike off the AT. Nice view of a hawks nest and having them soar above on two of the side overlooks. Took about 4 hours from the start of the bridge to return. EconoLodge was our home base for the weekend and was a great start for all the hikes. My fitness tracker only gave me credit for 5 miles, but was using a much appreciated walking stick that may have limited the distance. The first mile up the AT across the bridge is the hardest part, the rest was easy.

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike!!

hiking
7 months ago

Once reaching the Loudoun Heights/AT sign on the top, the toughest part of this hike is over. From there, 1.5 miles to Split Rock Overlook is pretty easy. Highly recommend going to Split Rock. It is a view that is different from what one would have from Maryland Heights. If you park our car at the parking lot before the Rt-340 bridge, do remember to dispose $10/car in an envelop. NPS does patrol this lot and tickets those who do not have parking receipts on display.

9 months ago

started from the parking lot on Shenandoah st and walked to the scenic view which was about 2.3 miles.

the view is definitely worth the hike. though the power lines are an eye sore.

if you are in average shape the trail is not very hard but can be difficult at times. it levels out just when you would need a break.

its quiet and not a lot of traffic.

when you get to the sign at the top take a left to see the view otherwise it is not marked.

happy hiking!

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent hike. But for somebody who has been out of the hiking game for a few months it is strenuous. I've seen a few websites list this as moderate...I might tend to mostly agree for big sections of the trail but others definitely get difficult.

That said, it's a lot of reward for that view at the end. The orange return trail is a nice addition so that you don't have to see the identical path again for at least part of the return.

Cool waterfall relatively early on that is a good photo op. The end view from Split Rock is definitely good for panoramas. I actually took a Google photosphere to test out how nice it would look (haven't checked yet).

Great hike to get the blood flowing. I would definitely come up here again from my home in Montgomery County for this hike.

I'll give Maryland Heights and the Stone Fort Trail a go next I'd assume.

I love Harpers Ferry as a whole and had not been here in quite some time. Still as cool as I remember it.

Side note: We started our hike from the train station. That lengthens the hike a good bit. But if you are very tired returning you can walk the last section back to the parking lot along the road instead of going back up onto the App trail. We had to because we were aching badly by the time we got back close to town.

hiking
11 months ago

A little long, but a good hike.

hiking
1 year ago

My New Yeats hike. After some other hikes in the Harper's Ferry region, I finished with this one.

hiking
1 year ago

I ended 2015 with this December 31 hike. It nearly ended me because this is a difficult trail.