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Visitor Center to Split Rock to Lower Town Loop is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.4 mi Elevation gain 1,761 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Rocky

Historic site

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    Orange Trail

    39.31362, -77.73727

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Bryan P
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Hiking

Nice workout and trail if you want to get away fro the MD Heights Trail. Get out early.

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David Giampetroni
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HikingFeeRocky

I've used this app for the past 5 Sundays and this trail is now in my top 3 (first two are boulder rock in strasburg, VA and 10 mile Creek in boyds, MD) ... anyways, we parked the car and set off on the Loudon trail. Once you walk over the bridge and get into the woods it's nice, if you go in the hot sun you'll be happily shaded. My group completely missed the left turn for the overlook and ended up on the Appalachian Trail (yes that one). We realized our mistake 30 minutes in by checking All Trails and noticed we were waaay off track but we weren't to upset. It was honestly a lot easier to do because it wasn't horribly rocky or steep. I'd go back just for the Appalachian Trail and to see the overlook, I've heard it's pretty nice

Paula Cadman
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HikingMuddyScramble

VISITOR CENTER CLOSED due to CV19 TAKE A NAP AT THE TOP in the SUN MARKERS: WHITE to ORANGE to BLUE PARKING: Fuck it, don’t get towed/a ticket Wow! This is a great hike w/ spectacular views from the top. LOUDOUN trail overlaps/is the same and definitely recommend starting from Harpers Ferry side and crossing over. The trail starts steep with a good incline and a small waterfall/creek. Go past Split Rock and there are some small alcoves for views but CONTINUE to end and you’ll find a breath taking view of Harpers Ferry Historic District. You can also see Hilltop Hotel (which equally has breath taking views if you dont feel like hiking in mud) ;) Enjoy!

Katie Kirkpatrick
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I have two reviews, one on the hike itself, one on the hikers. First, the hike is lovely, a bit slow to start and you're on the road but then once you're on the trail in the woods it's much nicer. However I found it hard to enjoy because of the poor behavior of the hikers as far as observing COVID distancing and cover up rules. NO ONE was wearing a mask out there except myself and one other person I saw. It was very disheartening and frustrating. So I cannot recommend this hike to anyone right now who is concerned for their health. Shame on the hiking community.

Kelly Burton
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HikingBugsRocky

Started from William L Wilson Fwy and took Chestnut Hill Rd to the AT in an effort to avoid the city because of the virus. Great hike! Challenging but very rewarding view! Took about and hour up and an hour back.

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Brittany Aaron
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Jared Yankwitt
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Hello, legs!

Randy M.
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Hiking

Mostly on the road. Not bad for a quick outing or connecting to the AT. In retrospect, parking in harpers ferry and hiking from their would be better and safer.

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Jessica Dodson
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Hiking

Great hike for the views. We started at the parking lot by the bridge (6mi) round trip. Pretty straight up for a while but quick on the way back. I would rate as moderate considering the way back is downhill. It is a climb on the way up though.

Peter Uhlir
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First to Review

That last 0.3 miles uphill right at the end is much harder than it would be were this a hike of average difficulty.

Miguel Tirado
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Sania Mohammed
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Mike Tibbetts
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Dan Maggard
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Kelley McCaleb
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Dana Pennell
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El Jeffe T.
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Jake Mosienko
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Elaina Estrin
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Lindsay Kraus
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Timothy N.
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Tiffany D.
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Alex Hagen-weis
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Jackson Barr
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Elizabeth Sullivan
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Suzanne Riopel
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