Loudoun Heights Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Quieter than Maryland Heights, this hike rewards you with stunning views and fewer crowds. A ramble through the town of Harpers Ferry brings you past some of the history in the area. Thomas Jefferson famously marveled at the views encountered along this hike: “It is as placid and delightful as that is wild and tremendous. For the mountains being cloven asunder, she [nature] presents to your eye, through the cleft, a small catch of smooth blue horizon, at an infinite distance in that plain country, inviting you, as it were, from the riot and tumult roaring around to pass through the breach and participate in the calm below.”
Starting in Harpers Ferry, the trail takes you to an overlook of the town and the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. While there is parking in Harpers Ferry itself, it is hard to come by. The easiest way to reach the trailhead is to park at the Harpers Ferry Visitors Center and take the park-operated shuttle into town."