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Dates: 1/1/2021 - 12/30/2021
City / State: Harpers Ferry, WV
Event Name: Appalachian Trail
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 117610 2021/Y1933
Distance - Trail Ratings: 5/10/15/20 km - 2B
Description: Open Thurs- Sun, 9am-5pm, closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The 10K Appalachian Trail (AT) Walk (rated 3D) follows a blue blazed trail from the Visitor Center to the AT and then turns south, crosses the Shenandoah River, and goes uphill to Loudoun Heights and the WV-VA border. It then turns around and follows the AT northbound as it passes Jefferson Rock, goes into Lower Town and to the point where the Shenandoah River joins the Potomac River. It follows the AT as it starts to cross the bridge over the Potomac River. Once over water, it turns around as the Potomac River belongs to Maryland; therefore, you have reached the WV-MD border. It then goes uphill on High Street back to the ATC Visitor Ctr. The 5K Lower Town Trail (rated 2C) leaves the ATC Visitor Ctr, passes Storer College and then goes through Jefferson Cemetery and downhill to Lower Town. After going around the historic part of Harpers Ferry it returns up Hill Street to the ATC Visitor Ctr. The 5K Bolivar Heights Trail (rated 2B) turns left from the ATC Visitor Ctr and goes to Bolivar Heights, residential areas of Bolivar, and back. This trail has been changed for 2021. Either 5K trail may be done for 5K credit; both must be done for 10K credit. Only the 10K Appalachian Trail Walk counts towards the AVA Appalachian Trail Special Program. The 10K AT Walk and either 5K walk can be done together for 15K credit. The 10K AT Walk and both 5K walks can be done together for 20K credit.
Amenities: Strollers: None | Wheelchairs: None | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Appalachian Trail, Border Crossings, Little Free Libraries, Rockin' Around the Clock, Walking with America's Veterans
Start Times: 9 to 5 Sun-Thur except closed for major holidays.
Online Start Box and Physical Start Box: WEB REGISTRATION using the AVA Online Start Box (OSB) at The POC does not provide event directions nor accept alternate payment methods for online registration. This event also supports a Physical Start Box (PSB) for event registration, payment, and stamping at the location indicated below.
PLEASE do not mix and match between the two registration methods. It will confuse you and the club. Choose one, OSB or PSB, to complete the event.
Location: Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Ctr
Start Point / Driving Directions: 799 Washington St, (304)535-6331 Take favorite route to Rt 340 and turn onto Union Street into Harpers Ferry. Turn right onto Washington St; start point will be on the right. ***** The parking lot behind the ATC Headquarters is no longer available. There are about six parking spaces on the street next to the ATC Headquarters (Old Storer Place). If these are taken, follow Old Storer Place to a T intersection and turn right onto Filmore. There are two parking lots on the right that are used by the National Park Services. Neither are signed restricting parking but if the upper parking lot is almost full, park in the lower parking lot.*****The walk box is normally kept in the back room, on the bottom shelf of the bookcase on the rear wall.
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Comments: This event should not be done if there is snow or ice on the ground. **** Restroom is available. This is a self guided mapped event starting at the ATC.
Host Club: Keystone State Volkssport Assn.
Contact: Tom Jackson  (See the Event Listing for further contact information.)