A Deeper Look at the Best Hiking Spots in Loudoun County

Written by Meghan Dunster, Aidan Leahy, and Megan Murphy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been challenging to get out of the house and socialize, but hiking is a safe alternative to be outdoors and get some much-needed exercise after being cooped up indoors for over a year. Three popular hiking spots in Loudoun County are ranked as Woodgrove students’ favorites.

Harpers Ferry:

  • Distance: 22 miles
  • Duration: 30 min – 2 hours
  • Difficulty: 6/10 
  • Terrain: Little rocky

Harpers Ferry is the perfect hiking spot to get some exercise and gain knowledge about local history. Senior Dilara Michlena said, “The Harpers Ferry hiking trail is my favorite because I love the view of the Shenandoah and Potomac river.” She also went on to rate the hike a “10/10, and the view on its own is a 10/10.”

Senior Dilara Michlena stands in front of the Potomac and Shenandoah river at Harpers Ferry. (Photo provided by Dilara Michlena.)

Raven Rocks:

  • Distance: 5.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 hours with breaks
  • Difficulty: 8/10 
  • Terrain: Extremely rocky, and hilly
  • Limited parking, may need to park across the street at Bears Den
  • Bring your water and hiking boots!

Raven Rocks is known for its stunning overlook, which is considered one of the best in the area. Located in Bluemont, Virginia, the trail provides visitors with a stroll that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed. Junior Maddie Leahy says, “There was a good amount of challenges with uphill and downhill areas. My favorite thing about the Raven Rocks trail is the view because you get a different perspective of the area below.” While the hiking trail can be challenging to beginners, the overlook can be enjoyed by all. “Overall, I would rate this hike an 8 out of 10,” says Leahy.

The incredible overlook at Raven Rocks.
(Photo provided by Aidan Leahy.)

Bear’s Den:

  • Distance: 1.7 miles
  • Duration: 30 min – 1 hour
  • Difficulty: 4/10 
  • Terrain: Little rocky, and hilly
  • Small/medium sized parking lot

Bear’s Den is the perfect hiking trail for a crisp Sunday afternoon to get in some healthy exercise. This trail is a relatively easy hike with a breathtaking, rocky overlook of Loudoun County at the top. Senior Claire Gieseman says, “I love the view of Bear’s Den. There’s a lot of places to sit and relax while looking at the amazing view.” Overall, this is an excellent hike for beginners, therefore, this hike is not recommended to anyone looking for an intense exercise or challenging experience. 

Amazing view of the Bear’s Den overlook. (Photo provided by Megan Murphy.)