Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Waynesboro, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Incredible cliff views of the Potomac, steep switchback descent, and a river stroll This hike begins in Gathland State Park. The hike out to Weverton is along smooth, flat trails. Prior to the tough switchback descent you will do well to take the side trail (blue blazed) down to Weverton Cliffs. The views both east and west along the Potomac are awesome. To the west you can just make out the Episcopal Church steeple in Haper's Ferry. The descent is steep and rocky but this is followed by several miles of flat, wide, smooth towpath hiking to Harper's Ferry, thus completing the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail.
Ed Garvey shelter can be very crowded. Steep 0.5 mile descend to get to water source
Nice starting point for day hike. We started here for our A.T. across Maryland trip. If you do not pay attention you may miss the turnoff for the A.T. The A.T. in this area has many access point so day hikers are common. I can borderline on crowded. See the details on my SPOT adventures sites.
My favorite hike to do in the area. Weverton Cliff is amazing.
Ok trail flat between railroad tracks and a river.
Parked at a small parking lot off of Reno Monument Road and hiked 5 miles south. Would have went farther but the trail was still covered in snow. One good overlook along the route.
For the region this was a good hike. Living in the DC area now it's tough to get out and truly experience wilderness and this was a breath of fresh air. Not a whole lot of views, but it nice to see some Appalachian Trail through hikers.
Walking into Harpers Ferry NoBo or SoBo is always a treat. The 1/8 mile descent detour off the A.T. to Weverton Cliffs is an absolute must! The last 2.5 miles before Harpers Ferry are along the historic C&O canal towpath and the beautiful Potomac River.
There are three shelters here, and actually four, not two, good places to park along this section of the Appalachian Trail. Two are at Gathland State Park, which is about 4/5 the way up the trail segment. The other two can easily be found at appalachiantrail.rohland.org. Hiking in from Gathland is easiest as the terrain in both directions is an easy incline up the ridges. Hiking in from the South end should be rated 'moderate' or 'difficult' due to the steep and rocky incline/decline. We parked at the south side of the park as well as at Gathland for a nice ~8 mile hike one way, and slept at the Ed Garvey shelter, which has a privy and a couple of lean-tos.
Great veiw. Agree with the previous reviewer that you sould eat at the overlook. Several good spots.
Another cool variation on this hike is to leave a car at the parking lot on Weverton road, just below the hill climb to weverton cliffs, then drive further north on 67 into maryland to gathland state park. Head south on the AT. And a few miles up is ed garvey. Then tool on down to your other car. Or for a nice extra long day, go on to harpers ferry - the 3 miles along the C&O canal on the way to HF give your dogs a much needed break.