Appalachian Trail: Harpers Ferry to Gathland State Park

This 10.4-miler passes Jefferson Rock, climbs Weverton Cliff for jaw-dropping views, then continues on temperate terrain to Gathland State Park.
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This 10.4-miler passes Jefferson Rock, climbs Weverton Cliff for jaw-dropping views, then continues on temperate terrain to Gathland State Park.

Shelters: Ed Garvey Shelter: sleeps 12; privy.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.8

Waypoints

HAR005

Location: 39.322834, -77.7301636

AT turns west on High Street; parking

HAR016

Location: 39.3328209, -77.6820297

Weverton Road

HAR022

Location: 39.3828583, -77.649086

Continue straight; pipeline.

HAR004

Location: 39.3230553, -77.7305069

Stone steps; continue heading east.

HAR013

Location: 39.3298721, -77.6824951

Kepp Tryst Road

HAR021

Location: 39.3665504, -77.6588593

Pass blue-blaze trail; view to the northwest

HAR015

Location: 39.3329163, -77.6831818

AT turns east.

HAR017

Location: 39.333374, -77.6764603

Follow blue blazes to the south for views above the Weverton Cliffs.

HAR006

Location: 39.3231277, -77.7288666

AT turns west

HAR018

Location: 39.3321762, -77.6765976

Weverton Cliffs: Savor great views across the Potomac River, then return to Waypoint 17.

HAR023

Location: 39.4046974, -77.6402435

AT turns east.

HAR020

Location: 39.3598213, -77.6620331

Ed Garvey Shelter

HAR011

Location: 39.3292732, -77.6814804

AT turns west; C&O Canal Towpath.

HAR019

Location: 39.360054, -77.6626816

Pass spur trail to Ed Garvey Shelter on right.

HAR012

Location: 39.3298721, -77.6815262

Railroad

HAR009

Location: 39.3256798, -77.7063141

Cross US 340; Sandy Hook Bridge

HAR002

Location: 39.3227501, -77.7329025

Pass Jefferson Rock

HAR007

Location: 39.3234634, -77.728775

Cross footbridge

HAR008

Location: 39.3241425, -77.726265

AT turns east after bridge walk.

HAR010

Location: 39.3254051, -77.7014771

Blue-blazed trail leads to hostel.

HAR014

Location: 39.3314857, -77.6851654

I-340 underpass

HAR001

Location: 39.322876, -77.7403793

Head east on Appalachian Trail. Blue-blaze trail on left leads .2 mile to Appalachian Trail Conservancy and roadside parking.

HAR003

Location: 39.3229485, -77.7308197

Trail to ATC

HAR024

Location: 39.4058228, -77.6396027

Gapland Road

Views of the Potomac River

Location: 39.3321838, -77.6765366

Weverton Cliffs

Location: 39.3320503, -77.6765518

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Location: 39.3255157, -77.7405396

Sign the book as a thru-hiker and get your picture taken.

Ed Garvey Shelter

Location: 39.3598671, -77.6620331

Ed Garvey Shelter

Location: 39.3602371, -77.6618958

Gathland State Park Sign

Location: 39.4056931, -77.6397324

The Potomac River flows through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Location: 39.33218, -77.6765289