Hiking / Biking

There are various trails for the biking and hiking lovers just off the humbled path in Jefferson County, WV, from the river’s margin, to the immaculate mountain tops. Take a walk through the renowned Appalachian Trail, which travels through Harpers Ferry. Explore history while pedaling along the C&O Canal and exploring the trails, back country roads, and small towns full of scenic routes.

Hiking Trails
Take in the scenic view of the merging of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers by hiking up to Jefferson’s Rock and walk the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Experience your hike on the renowned Appalachian Trail, which rushes to Harpers Ferry, or stray through history while taking a walking tour of historic towns.

Several large masses of Harpers shale, piled one upon the other, comprise Jefferson Rock. The name of this landmark derives from Thomas Jefferson, who stood here on October 25, 1783. Jefferson thought that the view of the convergence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers was "worth a voyage across the Atlantic".

Though the slab originally rested on a narrow stone foundation, it was shored up by four red limestone pillars sometime between 1855 and 1860, to keep it from falling and causing harm to residents of Harpers Ferry. You can hike to Jefferson Rock by going into Lower Town Harpers Ferry (take the shuttle bus from the National Park Service). Take the Stone Steps off of High Street up to St. Peter's Church. The steps continue, and turn into a 5-minute walk to Jefferson Rock. This is a fairly steep climb, but the view is spectacular.

Trails to Hike
Biking Trails
C&O Canal Towpath
Cyclists may approach the C&O Canal towpath at Harpers Ferry, but are prompted to park at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Headquarters at Cavalier Heights. From here, cyclists will have to dismount and carry their bikes under the railroad trestle and out to the point where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers cross.There are biking points through Shepherdstown, Dargen Bend, Maryland Heights, and Antietam Creek.

WV Route 9 Bike Path