A guide to trails in and around Jefferson County, WV, carefully crafted by the team at Two Rivers Treads.
Please remember that some of these trails are harder than others so it is important to respect your own personal physical limits.
James Hite Park
1425 Hite Road, Kearneysville, WV
Distance: 2 Miles
Terrain: Crushed gravel path with grass
Parking: Ample parking at Hite Road Park
* Port-a-pots available *
Thanks to a partnership with Freedom's Run, Jefferson County Parks and Rec Center, and the Jefferson County Commission, this wonderful 2-mile path loops around the abundant new athletic fields for the youth of Jefferson County. Be sure to check it out!
Distance: 1 - 6 Miles
Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult
Terrain: Variety of grassy fields, single track wood trails and gravel paths
Parking: Antietam Battlefield Visitor Center, Sherrick Farm Trail, Antietam National Cemetary
* Restrooms at Visitors Center during seasonal hours *
Antietam National Battlefield features a variety of hiking, walking and running trails of varied length. Trail guides are available for download and offer a historical overview of battlefield locations.
Maryland Heights & Stone Fort
Distance: Train Station to Trail Head - 0.8 miles
Trail Head to Overlook, Roundtrip - 3 miles
Trail Head, Stone Fort & Overlook , Roundtrip - 5 miles
Terrain: Dirt trails, single track, forest service road
Parking: Limited parking at trail head, train station and lower town lot on Shenandoah Street -- Shuttle from visitor center at Cavalier Heights
* Restrooms at visitors center and train station during seasonal hours *
This is a challenging trail hike with sections of hilly, dirt trails leading to a scenic overlook of the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers with lower town Harper's Ferry. A must see for all who visit.
Sam Michael's Park
Sam Michaels Park
235 Sam Michael's Land, Shenandoah Junction, WV
Distance: 1-4 Miles, Multiple loops
Terrain: Mixed grass and paved trail
Parking: Ample parking at the Recreation Center
This 130-acre park is located at the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Center near Harper's Ferry, Charles Town and Shepherdstown. The sparse acreage lends well to community events and offers the perfect place to host weddings, wedding receptions, reunions and other family events.
* Restrooms available during hours at the Rec Center *
Weverton Cliffs - From Harper's Ferry
Sandy Hook, MD
Distance: 2 Miles - 9.5 Miles
Difficulty: Moderate - Hard
Terrain: Rocky, steep
Parking: Parking lot off of Weverton Cliff Road or parking from Harper's Ferry along C&O Canal to Weverton
* No restrooms available *
A landmark on the Appalachian Trail, Weverton Cliffs is a feature to locals in the town of Sandy Hook, MD. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Potomac River when reaching the top. Great family hike!
Harper's Ferry, WV
Distance: 6 - 8 Miles
Difficulty: Very Difficult
Terrain: Single track, dirt trails, very rocky at sections
Parking: Limited parking in lower town lot on Shenandoah Street and 340 shuttle from Cavalier Heights Visitor Center
Loudoun Heights is a very challenging hike on the Appalachian Trail. It contains sections of steep, rocky, dirt trails leading to a scenic overlook of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and Harper's Ferry.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
Terrain: Flat, crushed gravel trail
Parking: Numerous access points to the C&O canal towpath features ample parking space, restroom facilities, and water pumps
Georgia - Maine
Distance: Any distance stretching 2,175 Miles
Difficulty: Very Difficult
Terrain: Rocky, Mountainous Trail
Parking: WV - Town of Harper's Ferry, Route 9 - Keyes Gap
MD- Weverton parking lot, Gathland State Park, South Mountain
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, stretching from Georgia to Maine, highlights some of the most beautiful parks and towns along the East Coast of the US. Conceived in 1921 and completed in 1937, private citizens built the trail. From Maine's Mount Katahdin and Georgia's Springer Mountain, this footpath traverses through 14 states along the Eastern US.