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.
dogs on leash
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.
This is a beautiful trail with a great view of Harper's Ferry! It's starts out quite steep but levels out as you near the top. This is a fantastic trail for beautiful fall foliage.
Awesome trail! Some areas are very steep but the views are worth it.
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.
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
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.
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.
I loved this trail. Moderately challenging but very nice with good views. Not crowded at all.