Today we drove for an hour to hike near the fabled Harpers Ferry in West Virginia. Harpers Ferry has a laughable population of 286 and is nestled in a small swath of steeply rolling forest at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. Infamous among Appalachian Trail thru hikers, Harpers Ferry serves as the “psychological halfway point” on the trail as well as the location of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) headquarters. Among the non-thru hiking crowd, Harpers Ferry is perhaps most recognized for its role in the Civil War and John Brown’s raid on the Armory in 1859. Harpers Ferry is named after Robert Harper who established a ferry across the Potomac river in 1761 to capitalize on settlers relocating to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.
At the recommendation of ATC volunteers, we chose to hike to the Maryland Heights overlook which offers one of the best views of Harpers Ferry and the confluence.