Discover the Natural Beauty of West Virginia on Your Next Hiking Trip

July 1, 2020 9:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Many people travel to Harpers Ferry, WV for the incredible hiking opportunities—and with the COVID-19 pandemic making other types of vacations less desirable, if not impossible, getting away to get out into nature can be the best way to get away from it all. As always, take the proper health precautions in addition to practicing hiking safety, and be prepared for potential delays or closures.

Are you ready to explore Harpers Ferry through its hiking trails? Here are some of the best views you can find.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Harpers Ferry is the midpoint on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which spans over 2,000 miles. You can hike all or part of the trail, depending on your stamina (and how much time off you have), which covers acres of mountains, hills, woods and bucolic pastoral scenes. The trail runs between Maine and Georgia, and offers spectacular views throughout.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal trail offers over 180 miles of hiking, including the Billy Goat Trail, Great Falls and more. Many events and presentations are offered throughout the year, although some features may be closed due to the pandemic. You’ll often see or get to experience boat rides, field trips and even the chance to get up close and personal with the park’s mules.

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail offers not only hiking opportunities, but biking, boating and even horseback riding. It’s a corridor between the Chesapeake Bay and the Alleghenies, and has a rich history to match. This trail gives hikers spectacular opportunities to see the beautiful West Virginia countryside as well as the stunning wildlife. Nature lovers will enjoy learning more about the conservation efforts designed to preserve this part of the nation’s natural wonders.

Before you go

Bear in mind that hiking in Harpers Ferry, WV may look different than you’re used to. According to a notice from the National Park Service, “Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, we are increasing access and services in a phased approach across all units of the National Park System. Before visiting a park, please check the park website to determine its operating status.”

Each trail website provides more information about closures, including parking lot, restroom and other closures. Check them regularly for updates before and during your travel, and be prepared to be flexible about where you can and will hike throughout your stay.

At Lily Garden Bed & Breakfast, we take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. Our two separate apartment-style suites offer everything you need to stay socially distanced while on a trip during the pandemic, and we adhere to the CDC’s highest standards for disinfecting and cleaning our rooms. If you’re interested in learning more about our cleaning procedures or want to book a stay at our bed and breakfast, reach out to us today. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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