Continuing our visit to Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park, this was our first stop. The park is actually in three different states: Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the park office lies in West Virginia. We parked at the visitor center parking lot and got a map of the area at the entrance booth.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good map and this trail was very poorly marked. I was excited about hiking a couple of miles into the old part of town but we lost the trail along the Shenandoah River. After walking back and forth looking for it, we decided to move on.
Still, it was quite beautiful.
In the small print there, it tells visitors that the length of the trail is 2.2 miles to lower town and the difficulty is strenuous.
They have got to be kidding. Strenuous is hiking at Acadia National Park. This trail was a walk in the park. Ha! Literally!
The view from the top of the trail. We had originally planned on going over to that bridge you see in the center. That’s the Rte. 340 bridge and it’s crossing over the Shenandoah River where it meets the Potomac River. The Shenandoah is the principal tributary of the Potomac.
When we got down to the bottom, we had to search for the trail. I amused myself by taking photos while someone got a little huffy.
Down on the Shenandoah River on a beautiful day. Can you see the bridge in the center of the photo?
We hiked along here for a bit until we lost the trail. In retrospect, we should have picked up a better map at the visitor center. If you go, I suggest you do this.
There were several lovely little waterfalls and this one is right along the road at the bottom of the hill.
After the hike at the C&O Canal (post below), we drove around a bit along the water. I loved how this bridge looked as we drove under it. This is the Rte. 340 bridge and we’re traveling along Sandy Hook Road heading out of town on the way home.
Thanks so much for coming along on the trip today. I have a few more photos of the old canal locks for tomorrow's post and hope you'll come back to see them.
Until then, my friends . . .
PS ~ As I’m typing this, it’s Tuesday evening and George is asleep on his couch. I think he’s chasing squirrels in his sleep because he’s making noises and running. And the Survivor Singing Show has just begun.
* Sigh *