cooperation of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy** and the
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club,
Shannondale and Beyond Presents:
Jefferson County's OTHER "National Park"
The Appalachian Trail
Our County and, in particular, our community comprised of that portion of Jefferson County, WV, east of the Shenandoah River has become host to a multitude of newcomers. They arrive in droves to escape the 'burbs in a search for affordable housing and a better environment in which to live. Two of Jefferson County's major claims to "fame", the renown Harper's Ferry National Park and the rich historical legacy of the Washington Family(yes, THAT Washington Family), often eclipse another major attraction. It's a natural gem that literally "sits" atop the backyard of our Blue Ridge Mountain communities. We speak, of course, of the Appalachian Trail(AT).
Although the only
a very small portion of the AT is actually located in WV as it wends its way from Maine to
Georgia, we border or encompass approximately 20 miles of this foot travelers' delight.
We possess the
geographic fortune to reside in a county that is, by virtue of being nearly at the
midpoint of the of the AT's 2000 mile length, host to the National Headquarters of the
Appalachian Trail Conference. its mission and a link:
Additionally, our little bit of the AT falls under the stewardship of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club which maintains an exceptional website with an extraordinary amount of material.
So, now you know our goal. To that end we're going to offer several "short" virtual tours of sections of "our" teensy part or the AT from the footbridge across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to Snickers Gap at State Route 7 in Clarke County Virginia. Sit back, get comfortable, and take a short visit to Jefferson County's portion of the Appalachian Trail.
** The Appalachian Trail Conference recently changed its name to the AT
Conservancy. Save those old patches, tee shirts, etc. They're "collector's"
items. And be sure to be the first on your block to get new gear with the new logo!!!