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Hike Appalachian Trail from Harpers Ferry WV to Keys Gap, Lunch & Winery Visit

Where to Meet: We'll meet at Rockville Metro Station South Parking Lot, carpool and drive to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park located one mile west of Harpers Ferry on US-340. Ample parking is available and entrance fee includes free shuttle transport to and from the historical part of town. The Harpers Ferry to Keys Gap portion of the Appalachin Trail is 6.3 miles. We will start in Harpers Ferry hike to Keys Gap and return to Harpers Ferry for a 12.6 mile hike. Another .5 to 1 mile will be picked up exploring Historical Harpers Ferry and eating lunch. Afterwards, we will visit a nearby winery on the way home; time permiting.

What to Bring: Bottle of water, trail snacks, hiking shoes and other desired gear depending on personal needs. Take plenty of pictures.

Trail Notes: This is a relatively easy section, especialy for north bound hikers, who face a net descent of about 600 feet. The footing is good except for a rough 1.3 mile segment. There is an excellent viewpoint at Jefferson Rock (at 0.2/6.0 mile). Several rock redoubts, built as Civil War defenses for Harpers Ferry, may be seen beside the trail between 2.3/3.9 miles and 2.6/3.7 miles.

Supplies: If guide books are correct stores with food and water lie 0.3 mile either side of Appalachian Trail at Keys Gap. Eastern store has pay phone and restrooms. Plenty of supplies in Harpers Ferry.

Disclaimer: As usual this is a kid-free zone. Age restrictions apply to wine consumption but not vineyard and winery visits. All participants assume total risk for their personal and property safety. Robert's textable cell number is[masked]-8390.

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  • Theresa B.

    Great hike that met my expectations for meeting people with like interests!!!

    September 3, 2013

  • Christopher

    It is a good group of people. This hike was tougher than I expected from the description, but the group event got me out hiking, which was my goal, and it was good exercise. I would change my equipment somewhat if I were to do it again - a few lessons learned.

    September 3, 2013

  • Robert Q.

    Late lunch at Coach House Grill at 160 High St Harpers Ferry was great. Others ate at tavern just down the street. Please keep my cell number in your phones at all times. Cell number is also on this website.

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I met some great folks but the 'event ' was disappointing and not at all what the description indicated. The hike was not easy, had no overlook and we did not have any time for touring Harper's Ferry. Make it simple for the next time.

    September 1, 2013

  • Linda H.

    Enjoyed meeting new people. Hike could have been better organized. Got separated from group. Trail was more difficult than anticipated. In future, members should pair off and exchange phone cell numbers when problems occur. Better details of the trail would have been very helpful.

    September 1, 2013

  • Robert Q.

    Hike clocked up 14.5 miles overall. Although not the easiest hike around I suspect hikers will walk away with a serious sense of accomplishment. See ya on the trails!

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The best part of this event was getting to know people I met on the trail and getting plenty of exercise. Otherwise it didn't live up to the description in too many aspects to mention, not having "an excellent viewpoint at Jefferson Rock" being the least of them. By the end of the hike it was of more of a "lost up" than meet up. Hoping for better planning next time since group reviews are pretty good.

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This hike was a grueling and punishing event, especially with 5+ miles worth of rock scrambles (we went through the same patch twice!).

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fabulous event, Robert! Thank you again!!

    August 31, 2013

  • Robert Q.

    Group was really exercised. This was a hike to remember. Great!

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am outside the Visitor Center entrance, wearing a dark blue and orange shirt.

    August 31, 2013

  • Howard

    Regret I won't be able to join ya'll this time around - have a great hike and allow me reprieve for next trek & wine indulgences~

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Robert,

    Is there a specific map for this hike? If so, where can I find it?

    August 29, 2013

    • Robert Q.

      Hi Bryan, maps located in several locations including http://www.appalachia...­ or the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club website or just a google search. This portion of trail is well known and well traveled. We will start at trail head in parking lot of national park and pick up Appalachian Trail at bridge which is US 340. Signs exist to help. We will climb a steep hill to top of bridge, cross river and follow tail down to Keys Gap. Expect great views the whole journey. We will certainly deserve our food and wine. After hike we will hang out in a Harpers Ferry restaurant and or head over to a winery. Group decision.

      August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    HI Robert,
    I have the same question that Mike has, a 12.6 r.t. hike seems ambitous given your lunch and winery additions. Is the distance you are suggesting being modified or on flat land?

    August 27, 2013

    • Robert Q.

      Hi Kathy, expecting to start hiking at 10:30 and eat lunch around 3 to 3:30 PM. During lunch, group will decide on a winery. Several in the area. Some close at 5 others at 6 and one at 7PM. If the pace slows to a crawl then a late lunch may turn into an early dinner in which case we'll settle for restaurant wine in Harpers Ferry. See you soon.

      August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ooookay, just want to me sure we get some good wining time!

      August 29, 2013

  • Aimee S.

    Excited to hike and meet the group!

    August 28, 2013

  • Gina

    I will be meeting the group at the visitor center.

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all. This is just a heads-up, but I will be driving directly from Fairfax to the Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry. See you all around 10:00 on Saturday.

    August 26, 2013

  • Mike K.

    Robert, I see that it's 12.6 mi r/t. You're not going to get back to Harpers Ferry for lunch (unless we run) if we leave the parking lot at 10:30. Also, which winery were you thinking of going to ?

    August 26, 2013

    • Robert Q.

      Late afternoon lunch is plan. Some local wineries with restaurant close at 6 and 7. As a group we will decide winery plan during late lunch in Harpers Ferry. Thanks!

      August 26, 2013

  • Monica S.

    I will be meeting the group at the visitor center and not carpooling from MD. I understand that we meet at the visitor center around 10-10:20 AM, correct? Monica

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be away at that time... will miss it... sky

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be out of town that weekend, but hope to join the next event!

    August 19, 2013

  • Maria

    My sheltie and I will be joining you!

    August 12, 2013

  • Lana

    it seems this hike will be interesting, and I never been in this area before, but I'll be in upstate NY at this time. Have fun!!!!

    August 9, 2013

  • Denise

    This sounds great...but I'm out of town that weekend. Have fun!

    August 3, 2013

  • Faith R.

    I am a beginning hiker. Is it possible to walk a portion and turn back?

    July 30, 2013

    • Robert Q.

      Yes, Harpers Ferry has many museums, parks and restaurants. You can turn back on any trail and wait for hikers to return.

      July 30, 2013

  • Elizabeth Z.

    Hello! Happy to be part of this family.
    I cannot decide whether I can make it now.

    July 23, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Probably won't be able to make it! :(

    July 16, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I will be driving from Pittsburgh that morning- What time will you arrive at Harper's Ferry?

    July 10, 2013

    • Robert Q.

      We will arrive at Harpers Ferry NPS Visitors Center b/w 10:00 and 10:20 AM. Expect to start hiking around 10:30 AM.

      July 10, 2013

  • sally

    sorry - out of town - looks fun. Have a good time

    July 10, 2013

  • Christopher

    I hope to make this one.

    July 6, 2013

  • Don

    I'm in! Looking forward to this

    1 · July 5, 2013

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