Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 55

NESTLED IN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS, at the
confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers
in West Virginia, the tiny historic town of Harpers
Ferry attracts visitors from both near and far who
come to take in its spectacular scenery, enjoy its
many outdoor recreation opportunities, learn
about its rich history dating back to the mid-18th
century and browse the wares in its quaint and
quirky shops.
With the Appalachian Trail running right
through the town plus its easy access to the
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park and the
two rivers, Harpers Ferry is a popular destination
for outdoor adventure seekers of all kinds.
"Harpers Ferry is a hiker's paradise, a walker's
paradise and a cyclist's paradise," says Dennis Frye,
chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical
Park, which adjoins and almost surrounds the
town. "And for the history lover, we also have great
museums and living history exhibits that tell a multitude
of American history stories," he adds.
Here's a guide to help you plan the perfect weekend
getaway to Harpers Ferry, no matter what
thrills you.
Friday: Taste the History
Arriving in Harpers Ferry, you may feel as if you've
taken a step back in time thanks to the picturesque
cobblestone streets and the impressive collection
of 19th century buildings in the Lower Town historic
district. The idyllic town was not designed
with cars in mind, though, so parking can be
extremely limited.
"The first thing I always recommend is don't
fight the lack of parking," Frye advises. The NHP
has a 1,000-car parking lot at the park entrance and
visitors center where visitors can park and then
catch a shuttle for a scenic, five-minute ride into
town.
Guests at the Town's Inn, a cozy, five-room inn
located in the heart of Harpers Ferry's historic district,
have the option of pre-arranging private parking
just a short walk away. Made up of two stone
buildings - the Heritage House and the Mountain
House - dating back to 1840, the Town's Inn is perfect
for individuals or couples seeking a quiet
retreat or families or groups traveling together.
When you're ready to hit the town, start with a
tour of the Lower Town district, recommends David
Gilbert, author of "A Walker's Guide to Harpers
Ferry, West Virginia." The NHP offers rangerguided
tours nearly every day of the week as well as
in-depth private tours by certified park guides who
cover battlefield areas like Bolivar Heights
Battlefield and other significant historic locations
in the park. "O' Be JoyFull" tours, led by living
historian Rick Garland, are another option.
No tour of Lower Town is complete without
making the short trek up to Jefferson Rock to see
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 | 55
by Missy Sheehan
BUDDY SECOR

Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015

Letters
From the Editor & Digital Help Guide
Mill Creek Stories
Creature Feature
The Hike
Great Buys
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Creature Feature
Festivals & Events
The Curios: Our Annual Compendium of the Strange
North Georgia: A Foodie Haven
Why We Travel: The Photoessay
The 2015 Blue Ridge Country Travel Guide: A Year of Experiences
The Weekend: Harpers Ferry and Western Maryland
The Old Stone Chimney
Cabin in the Woods: Fiddler’s Roost
Mountain Garden
Guest Column: Author Stephanie Jeffries
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 2
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Letters
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - From the Editor & Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 7
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Great Buys
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 14
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 18
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Curios: Our Annual Compendium of the Strange
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 26
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - North Georgia: A Foodie Haven
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 28
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Why We Travel: The Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The 2015 Blue Ridge Country Travel Guide: A Year of Experiences
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 42
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Weekend: Harpers Ferry and Western Maryland
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 55
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Old Stone Chimney
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cabin in the Woods: Fiddler’s Roost
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 62
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 63
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Guest Column: Author Stephanie Jeffries
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