Loudoun Heights Trail to Split Rock is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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.

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $20 per vehicle or $15 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $10 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $35. 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.

Harpers Ferry is a National Park, so there is a parking fee

Visitor Information 304-535-6029

Trees along the trail are painted with stripes to identify the blaze trail you are on. Be aware of fallen trees or large branches along the trail. Use caution when hiking in late fall. Large amount of leafs on the ground may cover the trail. For a shorter hike, use the parking lot under the route 340 bridge or take the Visitor Center Shuttle to Harpers Ferry Lower Town. Bring plenty of fluids and snacks! There are a few hidden military camp ruins near the trail with no markers posted to identify the ruins. Use caution when exploring.

Follow directions to "Harpers Ferry National Park" http://www.nps.gov/hafe/planyourvisit/directions.htm

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Caroline Athey
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Joe McHale Jr.
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Becky Reickel
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Mary Prouse
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One of my favorite moderate hikes! I’ve done this hike many times throughout the year. During the winter, it’s a bit icy and snow packed, which makes it a little difficult to follow the trail at some parts. It’s best to park at the lot right off of Shenandoah St; however, this lot is usually full! If parking at the Visitor Center, it adds additional time, but still not too bad.

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Katie Farrey
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Cool hike and a nice sunset- the reason it gets three stars is the noise pollution. You can hear the road the whole time and it’s really quite loud for a while. Parking is difficult.

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M Gill
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The trails were icy in the morning and muddy patches as we made our way back. The trek itself was rewarding; difficulty ranging from easy stroll to strenuous in a matter of seconds. The weather was a little cold but perfect for a good trek! Recommend proper gear ALWAYS when heading into the Forrest.

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Kamakshi Shete
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Tracy Xia
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A beautiful hike along the Shenadoah river. The view at the end is worth the climb to the top!

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Duane Zeldenrust
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Azhar Gondal
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B Poeschl
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The actual trail was covered in ice causing for a detour to go downtown. Masked wearers everywhere on local side trails and sidewalks. The trails were not crowded, people just look ridiculous hiking with a mask on, and I'm sure it's not good for their respiratory system. I felt like I was walking in a zombie movie with all the extras wearing mask. People are scared . Unfortunately I seen a side of Harpers Ferry today I didn't want to see; we walked through the actual residential portion of the town (at the top of the hill) dropping down into old Town, there were signs of hate in yards, flags that symbolize the pride of hate and anti-American slogans everywhere. I was very distraught and did not find the peaceful outdoors I was hoping to find in the beautiful historic Harpers Ferry that I normally find. I probably will not visit until after the covid pandaarium is over.

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Chris Styer
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Missy Pressman
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Was a great way to spend the morning. Many people coming up as we came down but there were only 2 other people at the top when we got there.

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Monica S
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Nice trail with a great view at the end. I would rate it difficult for beginners, because you do have a good incline before reaching the summit.

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Don Bayse
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Pretty nice trail even in the cold and snow. Two areas that have a nice incline. Not many people out here on a Wednesday morning. Payoff is well worth it in the end.

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Jay Gruber
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Great hike. Had some decent elevation. Well marked Not too many people for a Wednesday Morning. If the lot is full call the Quality Inn, they have parking at 1/2 the price as the Park Service. Great views from Split Rock.

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Brittney S
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Really nice on a cold and snowy Saturday afternoon. Saw only a handful of other hikers. The bridge crossing wasn’t ideal but once you’re past that it’s a nice walk in the woods with a few viewpoints at the top. My gps recorded 6.9 miles from the parking lot right below the bridge. 20$ car entrance fee into the park.

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mike jasser
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Amy Spellman
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This was an awesome hike with a great pay off view in the end!

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Elaine Segretto
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Cold beautiful weather only a few people on the trail on a Monday afternoon.

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Saba Saba
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Anyone able to say the name or addy is the closest parking lot to the trail head? Also what time does it typically fill up by on a weekend morning? Thanks!

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Sujatha Polina
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kits VA
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Started my hike at 5:30am. Got to the Split rock for sunrise at 7am. Only living creature we saw till around 10am were 3 deers in the dark. The most peaceful hike I've done in a very long time. This is very rare in post COVID-19 era. The views and the rock formations at Split rock are amazing. The sun didn't shine over Harper's Ferry until around 9:20. So, I spent over 2 1/2 hours to get my pictire of Harper's Ferry from up there. From half back down I started to see few hikers bit nothing compared to what we see at Maryland heights. I actually liked this hike and views way from than at Maryland heights because of the unique rock textures and views on both sides.

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Michael Johnson
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Perfect day for a hike with Mid-50’s and partly cloudy skies. Parked at HF day lot and started the hike up to Jefferson’s Rock and then picked up the AT to start this hike. Winding path with a decent climb throughout. Significantly less traveled than the Maryland Heights Trail via HF. Great payoff views at the end.

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