Backpacker Magazine Appalachian Trail: Harpers Ferry to Gathland State Park  

This 10.4-miler passes Jefferson Rock, climbs Weverton Cliff for jaw-dropping views, then continues on temperate terrain to Gathland State Park.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 14 Jan 2008 5:35:24 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: West Virginia (WV)
Distance: 10.46 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2364 ft
Total Loss: 1882 ft
Net Change: 482 ft
Difficulty: 6 / 10
Tags: Appalachian Trail, AT hikes in Maryland, AT hikes in Virginia, AT hikes in West Virginia, AT in Harpers Ferry NHP, Brunswick, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Shelters: Ed Garvey Shelter: sleeps 12; privy.

TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From Washington Street and Union Street in Harpers Ferry, WV, head east on Washington Street for .2 mile to parking on street near Appalachian Trail Conservancy. To access AT, head south on blue-blazed trail along College Storer Place for .2 mile.

End: From Gapland, MD, head SE on Gapland Rd. for 1.4 miles and turn left on Arnoldstown Rd. Go 33 ft. to trail crossing.

Position Format: Datum:
Tracks

High Street to Gapland Road

Distance: 10.46 mi Points: 1109
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

HAR005

Location: 39.322834, -77.730164
AT turns west on High Street; parking

HAR016

Location: 39.332821, -77.682030
Weverton Road

HAR022

Location: 39.382858, -77.649086
Continue straight; pipeline.

HAR004

Location: 39.323055, -77.730507
Stone steps; continue heading east.

HAR013

Location: 39.329872, -77.682495
Kepp Tryst Road

HAR021

Location: 39.366550, -77.658859
Pass blue-blaze trail; view to the northwest

HAR015

Location: 39.332916, -77.683182
AT turns east.

HAR017

Location: 39.333374, -77.676460
Follow blue blazes to the south for views above the Weverton Cliffs.

HAR006

Location: 39.323128, -77.728867
AT turns west

HAR018

Location: 39.332176, -77.676598
Weverton Cliffs: Savor great views across the Potomac River, then return to Waypoint 17.

HAR023

Location: 39.404697, -77.640244
AT turns east.

HAR020

Location: 39.359821, -77.662033
Ed Garvey Shelter

HAR011

Location: 39.329273, -77.681480
AT turns west; C&O Canal Towpath.

HAR019

Location: 39.360054, -77.662682
Pass spur trail to Ed Garvey Shelter on right.

HAR012

Location: 39.329872, -77.681526
Railroad

HAR009

Location: 39.325680, -77.706314
Cross US 340; Sandy Hook Bridge

HAR002

Location: 39.322750, -77.732903
Pass Jefferson Rock

HAR007

Location: 39.323463, -77.728775
Cross footbridge

HAR008

Location: 39.324143, -77.726265
AT turns east after bridge walk.

HAR010

Location: 39.325405, -77.701477
Blue-blazed trail leads to hostel.

HAR014

Location: 39.331486, -77.685165
I-340 underpass

HAR001

Location: 39.322876, -77.740379
Head east on Appalachian Trail. Blue-blaze trail on left leads .2 mile to Appalachian Trail Conservancy and roadside parking.

HAR003

Location: 39.322949, -77.730820
Trail to ATC

HAR024

Location: 39.405823, -77.639603
Gapland Road

Views of the Potomac River

Location: 39.332184, -77.676537
© Jeff Chow

Weverton Cliffs

Location: 39.332050, -77.676552

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Location: 39.325516, -77.740540
Sign the book as a thru-hiker and get your picture taken.

Ed Garvey Shelter

Location: 39.359867, -77.662033
© Jeff Chow

Ed Garvey Shelter

Location: 39.360237, -77.661896
© Jeff Chow

Gathland State Park Sign

Location: 39.405693, -77.639732
© Jeff Chow

The Potomac River flows through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Location: 39.332180, -77.676529


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