Appalachian Trail: Weverton to Gathland State Park

MODERATE 14 reviews

Appalachian Trail: Weverton to Gathland State Park is a 18.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Harpers Ferry, WV that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

18.8 miles 2404 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

Nice uphill climb from Harpers Ferry to Weverton Cliffs with a gorgeous view. Nice gradual hike for last 5 miles to State Park

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Full disclosure - I did not hike the entire 18.8 miles. I began in Weverton and walked south for about 90 minutes and then headed back. (Still, 10,000 steps!) The trail is essentially a wide bike path covered in gravel. It's not a difficult walk. So, to make it difficult, I went off the path. After a good half-hour on the trail proper, I took a hard right and headed toward the river and then followed a less-maintained path along the river in the direction of Harper's Ferry. This, too, was not too difficult, and there's much more to see (and good pictures of the river, too). After an hour or so, I walked back to the gravel trail and then looked for a way to get to the railroad tracks, which run parallel to the trail. Talk about Americana! There was a freight train sitting there, so I walked alongside it. Oh, but then a train came in the opposite direction, and I thought of Stand By Me, so I moved off to the side. After the train passed and I came to the end of the idle train, it was just me, the sky, and the woods. And the tracks. Anyway, I did see birds and squirrels and a few monarch butterflies, and lemme tell you, it was cool. So the downside to this hike is that the trail is kind of dull - although it is flat and eminently walkable.

hiking
5 months ago

very beautiful and the view at Weverton Cliffs was amazing...the perfect hike if you have 5-6 hours to spare.

hiking
5 months ago

Done as part of the MD AT hike. Nice area, far less rocky than the northern sections.

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Good view. Good parking.

hiking
11 months ago

I could not go all the way on this trail. Partly because I had done a couple shorter trails in the morning and maybe it was too tough for me.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

was a nice little hike to go to with friends! Not my favorite trail but it was still nice to do.

birding
1 year ago

I've hiked this trail many times the views n wildlife are amazing. You can see Harpers Ferry where the Potomac n Shenandoah rivers meet. A whole weekend is not enough to explore it all so plan well and don't be rushed

hiking
2 years ago

I did this with my 17 YO son in early September. Was a warm day and with the afternoon came thundershowers. Nice hike from Gathland State Park to Weverton Clifs had lunch, enjoyed the views from there, then hiked back. There are some moderate changes in elevation that you need to be in pretty good shape to navigate. Also there are sections of the trail that are very rocky so where appropriate footwear.

The views from Weverton are incredible but if you are there on a nice day expect the cliffs to be fairly crowded. In the last few years I have been to the cliffs 3 times and each time there was a fairly large group on the cliffs (church group, scouts, etc.) Generally I sit, have lunch, let them leave then enjoy some peace and quiet and excellent views.

If the distance from Gathland to Weverton is too far for you there is a parking lot at the base of the mountain. Tough high up to the cliffs --mostly switchbacks and can be very steep.. but well worth it

hiking
4 years ago

did this from the parking lot in knoxville to the Ed Garvey AT shelter and back. the views from the cliffs are pretty nice and the area offers a bit of respite after the hike up. the day i went was pretty warm for winter [78] and had been a foggy AM. by the time i got to the cliffs it was hazie so views weren't that great.

hiking
4 years ago

I just did a quarter of this trial ... from Gathland State Park to the hiker's hut. This part of the hike is relatively easy with some gradual and moderate inclines. Plan on doing the entire hike when the weather gets warmer and days longer.