Harpers Ferry: Loudoun Heights via the AT

Hop a train for a weekend on Blue Ridge trails near the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
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Hop a train for a weekend on Blue Ridge trails near the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Mapped by Jeff Chow

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.0

Waypoints

LHT001

Location: 39.3245506286621, -77.731330871582

From Harpers Ferry Amtrak station, walk SE on Potomac St. In 300 yds., R onto Shenandoah St. to connect with AT

LHT002

Location: 39.3229293823242, -77.7303695678711

Turn R @ 4-way onto High St., then quick L up steep stone steps. Head W; brown AT posts mark route through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

LHT003

Location: 39.3229217529297, -77.7334671020508

Pass Jefferson Rock on L (massive, tilted shale slab perched on smaller slab); green hills roll down to the confluence of Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers; continue W

LHT004

Location: 39.3229293823242, -77.7403335571289

Turn R @ 3-way; follow blue blazes .2 mi.

LHT005

Location: 39.3255500793457, -77.7406463623047

ATC visitor center. Browse AT book collection and thumb through old photos of AT hikers. Retrace steps to WPT 4; turn R

LHT006

Location: 39.3218193054199, -77.7444686889648

Turn L @ T onto US 340; cross Shenandoah St., then Shenandoah River on bridge

LHT007

Location: 39.319149017334, -77.7407989501953

Cross to R side of highway, then climb stairs that lead up cliff and AT tread

LHT008

Location: 39.3148803710938, -77.7406311035156

Walk across Chestnut Hill Rd. and head SW

LHT009

Location: 39.3135986328125, -77.7375030517578

Bear R (S) @ Y with orange-blazed trail; continue ascent of Blue Ridge

LHT010

Location: 39.3107490539551, -77.7369766235352

Turn R @ T with Loudoun Heights Trail; head SW along ridge crest (also the WV?VA state line)

LHT011

Location: 39.3047294616699, -77.7406768798828

Ridgeline views into Harpers Ferry and lush river valley; retrace steps