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Free community trail hike Saturday

By Staff | Oct 26, 2012

Enjoy the beautiful Potomac, fall colors and historic features seldom seen as a guided hike follows the route of a new trail under consideration by the National Park Service.

This new trail has special significance because it would help close the gap between the WV 9 pathway and Harpers Ferry that the Trailblazers intend to bridge with the Eastern Panhandle Recreational Trail.

The distance of the thike is about 1.4 miles. Although the terrain is not steep, it ‘s a bit uneven (and possibly muddy) in places, so please wear appropriate footwear. Mornings in late October may be cool and damp, so dress accordingly. Participants may also wish to bring a bottle of water and an energy bar.

Check in time is at 8:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center at Haprers Ferry National Historical Park. To avoid being charged admission, notify the attendant of participation in the hike.

After a short orientation, participants will be bused to the starting point of the hike. Sites include lower town Harpers Ferry, dam/old generating plant, abandoned canal, John Brown’s cave, zip lines and

more. At the conclusion of the hike, at approximately 11:30 a.m., hikers will be bused back to the Visitor Center for an optional picnic. Those who wish to stay should bring food.