Ed Garvey Shelter Via Harper's Ferry

MODERATE 8 reviews

Ed Garvey Shelter Via Harper's Ferry is a 14.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,955 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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For overnight parking, use Harper’s Ferry Visitor Center. They provide a free shuttle every 15 minutes to downtown HF. The first three miles or so was flat, paved, and crowded, and ran along the Potomac River. After that, we veered North towards the AT and spent the next few miles making our way upwards. Definitely tiring. Best views were at Waverton Cliffs (think that’s what they’re called). The shelter itself was nice, and though we got there earlier enough to claim it, we chose a campsite outside.

backpacking
Sat Nov 10 2018

Hiked in for an overnight at Ed Garvey Shelter from Harper’s Ferry. Got a late start on Saturday in early November, and the parking lot nearest the trailhead was full. The park had a much larger parking lot about 2 Miles away near the visitor center, and shuttles that run from the center to down town, approximately every 15 minutes until 5:45PM. Made it to the trail around 3 PM and made it to the shelter in just under 3 hours. The shelter is two stories and can easily sleep 10-15 people - and there are plenty of camping sites, or camp-able sites in the immediate area. We hiked in with enough water, and didn’t need to hike down to the spring, but another camper reported back that it was in fact, steep and kind of a pain. Stopped by the Weverton cliffs on the way out to take in a view - overall was a beautiful and easy overnight near the city!

backpacking
Tue Aug 01 2017

started this hike at 5pm made it to the shelter around 8, great location. way back to harpers ferry is a breeze. worst part is getting water at the spring.. steepest section of the whole trail.. .25 miles down from campground.

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Tue Nov 21 2017