Loudoun Heights Trail

MODERATE 86 reviews

Loudoun Heights Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia that features a river 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.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

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.

27 minutes ago

wish they had the orange mark better,at top 1.9marker we stopped 2 c how we missed mark.met a lot of people at top that did also.we did the 6.something mile.nice and a river to go swim n.

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17 days ago

I would rate it moderately difficult simply for the length of the climbs. It's a good workout. No wild flowers really unfortunately and this time of year (June) the views are scarce and less than spectacular. Pick the right time in the Fall though and this hike is 4 star hike for sure. The Fall foliage will be absolutely beautiful! And Winter (minus the leafy canopy) will offer more peaks at the rivers and Harpers Ferry.

20 days ago

Great trail!

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1 month ago

Where was the waterfall????Pretty hike and beautiful vistas but the description mentioned a waterfall and we had 4 disappointed kids.

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1 month ago

This is a moderate to difficult trail, mostly depending on the weather and experience. Novice hikers can do the trail without much of a problem as long as they have enough water, are there when there are a lot of other hikers (better to know where you are and where you are going), and are prepared for some tight trails. I recall going over a few scrabbles and maybe a water crossing or two.

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1 month ago

Great trail with scenic vistas. You get a lot of the uphill climb done in the first half. The split rock view at the end is breathtaking and a great spot to chill and eat lunch. Be careful on the return trip with the declines. Rocks can be a little tricky but all in all this is a great trail :).

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