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This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the West Virginia. Check out this list for Georgia and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

Appalachian Trail: West Virginia: Best Day Hikes Map
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We last visited with our pug in February and definitely enjoyed it enough to come back. Walking from Bolivar Heights to Schoolhouse Ridge in the height of summer with a pug wasn’t the smartest idea as, I bough there is a lot of cover on the ridge line, there’s very little in the field below and across the street on Schoolhouse Ridge. The fields were beautiful all the same, with grasses and Queen Anne’s lace growing tall with neat paths cutting through. What’s a nice feature is you can always choose to only complete Bolivar’s Ridge and forgo going across the street, but we wanted to read about the Confederate positions that were arrayed against the Union. There is some elevation gain, but after Maryland Heights the day before, this was a breeze.

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Tougher trail than we anticipated. It was a hot and humid August day. Not much to see til you approach Harpers Ferry. Very rocky in places. Bring lots of water to drink. Cool off at the river before heading back up for the return trip. Be ready for the climb back. Took longer than we expected, but better to take it slow than sprain an ankle.

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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailOver grown

Looked like an okay trail. Not stroller friendly. Mostly uphill. Very peaceful. No shade.

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Hiking

2 miles up and back

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Hiking

It’s a shaded trail and great for the summer. While the view is nice once you reach harpers ferry, there isn’t much until than.

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Check recording. Took a side trail off the major hike. Good climb on the east end coming back up. Not too rocky. Lots of thorns ankle height.

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This was a fun trail to complete. It was very challenging. Hiking in the afternoon heat certainly didn’t help. It was relatively uneventful until you got closer to Harpers Ferry and descended into town. The foot bridge was reopened on July 3 so you are able to cross the Potomac again. Not sure why there’s a note that says it’s closed as of July 2020. Bring plenty of fluids. I drank my water pouch, a water bottle, and three Gatorade‘s. Thankfully I was able to grab another drink in town otherwise the ascent back would have been that much more challenging. Oddly enough I didn’t see anybody else on the trail and the trail head parking was almost empty. I did get to see many many deer. The trail was mostly wide except for a few parts. Terrain was rocky in some spots but overall not too bad. Harpers Ferry is full of history.

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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScramble

Unfortunately, the footbridge over the Potomac River is still closed from the derailment in December. Still was nice to stop in Harpers Ferry, enjoy a bite and swim in the Shenandoah. This was a great section hike and not super busy for a Thursday morning/afternoon. My app cut out at one point and didn’t record my full time/distance, but still ended up around 13/14 mile marks, finishing in about 5.5 hours (not including time spend in Harper’s Ferry relaxing). Moderate is a good rating, quite rocky at points, and the mile or two coming from Harpers Ferry is a steep incline, but easy hiking the rest of the way back. Lots of wildlife, too. :)

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HikingBridge outRocky

This trail was a great hike! Fair warning, Harper's Ferry is currently closed due to a train derailment. My understanding from another hiker was that it is supposed to open up shortly after the July 4th holiday. Also, there is NO parking fee to park at Keys Gap. and is easy to find (also there is a gas station not even a tenth of a mile away). The trail is VERY well maintained, and I ran into several people during the course of my hike that were taking care of the trail. Please don't mind my map, as I got off the trail a little bit as I decided to go up towards the AT Visitor Center, and wish I hadn't. I should have just stuck to the AT to get down to Harper's Ferry, as I ended up wandering through some neighborhoods until I was able to get down to the town. The trail had a LOT of rocks, and I was incredibly grateful to bring along my hiking poles as apparently I wasn't stepping high enough to clear the rocks so I was stumbling a lot, lol. There is one portion of the hike where you have about 1,000ft decline in about a mile. It wasn't terrible on the downward portion of the hike, but you know what they say. What goes up, must come down, or in this instance vice versa. I think this hike was well rated at moderate, and was a nice introduction to the AT for me.

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Nice met a walk. Very sunny and should be done in the evening or cloudy day. Interesting from a historical perspective but it is pretty exposed and a bit of a simple walk. We saw two deer which made it a little extra special.

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Hiking

Great trail. Isolated, narrow and rocky.

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RunningNo shadeOver grownRocky

Good trail for cool day or evening run. Little shade. Big climbs.

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Hiking

Instead of going to Harpers Ferry I took a detour to Split Rock. Moderate because of distance. It’s pretty easy otherwise.

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Hiking

Very beautiful the parking lote is free for today

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Bridge out

Very rocky but well maintained trail. No real views till you get to Harpers Ferry. Out and back took 4.5hrs

Parking fully open, got started around 8. Very wet in the morning, but great views and nice overall walk. End is mostly uphill.

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HikingBlowdown

Park facilities were closed but the park was open. Enjoyed the hike, it was a beautiful day, only issue was gnats, they were swarming around us for most of hike. we had our mask with us and wore them when we came close to other people, however no one else had mask on or even with them, when questioned all we got were ugly looks,i guess WV has a different definition of social distancing.

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