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Dates: 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019
City / State: Shepherdstown, WV
Event Name:
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 111221 2019/Y1305
Distance - Trail Ratings: 6 / 11 km - 2B
Description: Hotel open 7x24. Wheelchairs & strollers will have difficulty with curbs and uneven sidewalks on both trails. The 11 K route includes a short but steep switch back trail from the C&O Canal towpath to Ferry Hill Plantation. Pets are not permitted inside the start point, Elmwood cemetery or Ferry Hill Planation. You must clean up after them during the walk.
Amenities: Strollers: NO | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Border Crossings, Bridges - Spanning the USA, Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, National Parks Centennial Challenge, United States Post Offices, Walking the Path of Inventions
Start Times: dawn - dusk
Location: Clarion Hotel
Start Point / Driving Directions: 233 Lowe Dr, Shepherdstown, WV . From Winchester, VA, I-81 toward Martinsburg, WV. Take WV45/Winchester exit 2; turn Right to WV45. Follow WV45 East to Shepherdstown (becomes German St). Turn S to 480/Duke St, drive less than a mile to Lowe Dr. Start box at registration desk. From DC: N to Frederick, MD. From Frederick take Rt 340 W past Harpers Ferry to Rt 230. Take Rt 230 N to Shepherdstown. Rt 230 becomes German St in Shepherdstown. Turn W on German St, then S/Left on Rt 480. See above. From Hagerstown, MD: Rt 65 to Sharpsburg, then Rt 34 W to Shepherdstown, MD 34 becomes WV 480. Follow 480 to Lowe Dr.
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Comments: This walk is mainly on paved sidewalks and some city streets in the oldest town in West Virginia. The longer (11k) trail crosses the Potomac River into Maryland. It uses a short, natural surface, blue- blazed trail, which is an offshoot of the C&O Canal Tow Path, to climb from the Potomac River (on the Maryland side) up to Ferry Hill Plantation, part of the C&O Canal National Historic park. There is one short section of road walking after the route visits Ferry Hill Plantation and returns to West Virginia. ***** Lee's Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River at Shepherdstown to return to (West) Virginia after the Battle of Antietam. Federal artillery was placed on the bluff at Ferry Hill during the battle. **** The walk also covers parts of Shepherd University including the newly-constructed Center for the Creative arts and it includes the entire historic downtown district with its collection of beautifully maintained homes and shops. A very short section of both routes in Elmwood Cemetery is on natural surface. ***** By itself, the 6K route would be rated 1A.Shepherdstown walkers may also want to consider the 10K Out and Back Option from Lock 38 for YRE Y0748, C&O Canal - Noland's Ferry to Big Slackwater, sponsored by the Maryland Volkssport Association. It is just across the Potomac River from Shepherdstown. Shepherdstown walkers actually cross the route while on the bridge over the Potomac.
Host Club: Keystone State Volkssport Assn.
Contact: Jane Snurr (717) 697-3654
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