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Harpers Ferry, WV

scenic overlook, civil war fortifications, moderate to strenuous climb

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Beartown Boardwalk
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great views. Well worth the walk and time spent with a loved one(:

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Appalachian Trail: Keys Gap to Blackburn Trail Center
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67 Completed 6 Reviews

The AT never disappoints and this portion of the trail, know as "the roller coaster," was a lot of fun. I hiked this with my dog as an out and back today and saw very few people. It's rocky, so the poles help, and the yak trax helped with the snow/ice. Beautiful views of the valley in the winter.

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Loudoun Heights Trail
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67 Completed 6 Reviews

Great hike with my dogs. I love starting on the AT in Harpers Ferry, near St. Peter's church. After passing the Shenandoah River bridge, the hike up "the hill" is not difficult, and the loops on the blue and orange blazed portions are very scenic in the winter. I stopped for lunch at the power line clearing (shortly after passing the junction with the orange trail), which had an amazing view of the town below. This is my new favorite hike in Harpers Ferry.

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Audra State Park
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58 Completed 18 Reviews

Very accessible and easy. I especially enjoy Audra in winter when enormous icicles have formed.

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Weverton Cliff
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

Went a few miles north on the AT from the parking area until turning around and running down to the C&O Canal towpath. Great views from the cliffs. Good alternative to Maryland Heights.

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Big Beechy Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

I have hiked this trail as a part of loop with the middle fork trail. If starting the trail from the middle fork be prepared for a long steep uphill hike. The trail is well defined however there are several large trees that are down on the trail. After climbing to the top, the trail follows along a ridge and has areas of moss covered trails and huge rocks. There are only a couple of camp sites on top of Big Beechy mountain and no water. The trail itself is approx. 7 miles. We hiked it backwards down the mountain and camped at the middle fork river intersection. There is a beautiful waterfall at this junction and lots of well used camp sites. We saw no one on this trail and the hike is highly recommended as part of a loop with middle fork trail.

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Big Schloss
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

This was an amazing hike. We started at Wolf Gap and hiked slightly over two miles to the Big Schloss. We then decided to continue another 3 1/2 miles to the natural springs. If you have the chance I wouldn't miss it. Previous posters stated there was good camping down near Stoney Creek but the camping was amazing near the springs. Flat ground, no widow makers, out of the wind, and lots of privacy even with other backpackers near by. We ran into several scout troops on the trip. All in all this is one of my all time favorite hikes. The beginning of the trail might be a little tough for a beginner but after the first half mile it really is a level 2 trail. I know the reviews say the views are really amazing but that is an understatement. Bring plenty water with you. You may have to travel 4-5 miles before you come across a water source. I’m doing this one again in the late spring. To see a video http://youtu.be/_-PciB3TmaM?list=PLgNP94vVrbP9Jc9MxKTqkHoWUDL4Ac-qQ

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Island in the Sky Trail
by Jamie H

3 Completed 2 Reviews

This trail has some very unique rocks along the way. The view is somewhat limited, but if you go past the shelter at the top there is a rock ledge where you can see somewhat better. This is a fun trail in a beautiful park.

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Davis Creek Trail, Kanawha State Forest
by Jamie H

3 Completed 2 Reviews

This trail has some elevation change, but it is very well maintained. It has a view of a pond and it has a playground along the way. It is around a 2 miles point to point trail. My daughter really enjoyed the merry go round. We did encounter people riding bikes and walking their dogs.

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Table Rock
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58 Completed 18 Reviews

Short hike with lots of unavoidable rocks, and frequent sloppy wet ground. Above-the-ankle, waterproof boots are a must. The views and solitude certainly make this a hike worth doing.

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