New Event: Harper's Ferry Day Hike on 12/15

From: Adrienne
Sent on: Monday, November 26, 2007 11:19 PM
Announcing a new event for The Fairlington Social Club!

What: Harper's Ferry Day Hike

When: Saturday, December 15, 11:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: OK, gang, I'm spending two weeks in WV and invite you to join me on Saturday, December 15th to visit the town of Harper's Ferry and hike the Maryland Heights trail that leads to a gorgeous over look of the town of Harper's Ferry and a view of where the potomac, and shenandoah rivers converge. We will hike up to the overlook (4.2 miles) and for those wishing to go farther can continue up towards the stone fort (6 miles) Afterwards we will find a local spot in the town to drink hot chocolate, other yummy beverages and enjoy the local cuisine. If you enjoy hiking in colder weather (wear lots of layers and you'll be fine) and would like to visit Harpers Ferry during the holiday season, you will really enjoy this day trip.
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Maryland Heights Map & Guide: http://www.nps.gov/archive/hafe/maps/maryland.htm

Trail Information. Discover ruins of old Civil War forts and campsites and savor the spectacular views. From The Point in Lower Town (where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet) to the Overlook Cliffs is 4.2 miles (about 3 hours) round-trip. From The Point to the Stone Fort is 6 miles (about 4 hours) round-trip. The Combined Trail is marked with green blazes; the Overlook Cliff Trail is marked with red blazes; the Stone Fort Trail is marked with blue blazes.


Once we see who is interested you may organize carpools. I will already be out there and will meet you at Harper's Ferry. I will post directions to the town of Harper's Ferry and pick a meeting place closer to the date.


Additional Information: Finding Harpers Ferry
HARPERS FERRY NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in the states of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland, 65 miles northwest of Washington, DC, and 20 miles southwest of Frederick, MD, via U.S. Route 340. .

Start your visit at the Visitor Center, located on Cavalier Heights about one mile west of the Shenandoah River bridge just off U.S. Route 340. The Visitor Center is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. .

Park Service shuttle buses transport visitors to the Lower Town Historic District. .

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Park Maps & Guides
THE LOWER TOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT sits on the point of land where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers converge. It was here that George Washington convinced the Federal Government to build an Armory & Arsenal, and it was here that John Brown led his ill-fated raid of October 16, 17, and 18, 1859. Several park exhibits and museums occupy restored 19th century buildings in the Lower Town today. .

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, which towers 1,448 feet above the rivers, is the area's most strenuous ? and rewarding ? hike. In addition to furnishing breathtaking views of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac River, the mountain hides the ruins of many Civil War fortifications. Infantry trenches, artillery redoubts, ammunition pits, and military camps once extended across the heights. .

VIRGINIUS ISLAND, which lies along the banks of the Shenandoah River, was a bustling 19th century waterpowered industrial community. Here mills and factories operated until the devastation of civil war and record floods in 1870 and 1889 reduced the island to ruins. .

WALKING & DRIVING GUIDES to scenic views of Harpers Ferry, Civil War sites of Harpers Ferry, the civil rights story of Harpers Ferry, and the ruins of Harpers Ferry. .

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