VAWV §1: Harpers Ferry to Keys Gap

Northern Virginia and West Virginia §1 extends 6.3 miles. Parking is available for three mileposts.

Note: "NPS" abbreviates "National Park System". "NHP" abbreviates "National Historical Park".

Mp 0.0/6.3: Potomac Street

Locate: {39.32418, -77.73137} 🄱 🄶 🄾

Orient: MD §7 and VAWV §1 meet at the west end of the Goodloe Byron Memorial Footbridge, adjacent to the intersection of Potomac Street and Shenandoah Street in Harpers Ferry, WV. The bridge carries the AT over the Potomac River at the river's junction with the Shenandoah River. Here in the Lower Town district, the AT mingles with Harpers Ferry NHP. Visitor parking is available nearby at the train station on Potomac Street.

Park: Room for 81 cars; 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; $20 cash or online, includes park entrance fee. Restrooms, water. NPS website says that this lot often fills early.

Connect: Turn left from lot onto Potomac Street and go 150 yd to AT {39.323413, -77.730222} at White Hall Tavern, on right (west); look for blazes on lamp post. For AT northbound, continue ahead crossing Shenandoah Street and bearing left (east) under trestle, towards to the footbridge over the Potomac River. For AT southbound, turn right between buildings and continue west through the historic district, towards the US-340 bridge over the Shenandoah River.

Note: The first mile of southbound VAWV §1 passes east-west through Lower Town of Harpers Ferry, between its junction with MD §7 at the footbridge over the Potomac River and its junction with the highway bridge over the Shenandoah River.

Mp 0.0/6.3: via Harpers Ferry NHP shuttle

Locate: {39.31858, -77.75881} 🄱 🄶 🄾

Orient: See Mp 0.0/6.3, above. The main lot for Harpers Ferry NHP is located at the visitor center on US-340 (at Shoreline Drive), about 1.5 mi west of the historic district. The park provides a shuttle bus connecting the visitor center and the historic district in Lower Town.

Park: Room for hundreds of cars at the visitor center of Harpers Ferry NHP; $20 for a three-day pass, including shuttle. Overnight parking is permitted; registration required. Restrooms, water. NPS website recommends this lot for hikers.

Connect: Take the shuttle bus from the Visitor Center to Lower Town, near the east end of Shenandoah Street. Or, take the Visitor Center to Lower Town Trail for 1.6 mi to the same bus stop. Follow Shenandoah Street east briefly to Potomac Street and the AT {39.323273, -77.729666}. For AT northbound, turn right under trestle for the footbridge over the Potomac River. For AT southbound, turn left onto Potomac Street then left at White House Tavern for the walk west through Lower Town, towards the US-340 bridge over the Shenandoah River.

Note: • Harpers Ferry NHP is open daily from 9–5 PM except for some holidays, and the shuttle operates whenever the park is open. The first bus runs at 9:00 AM. The last bus runs at 5:30 PM, 5:45 PM, or 6:45 PM, depending on season. • From either direction on US-340, turn south onto Shoreline drive at the only traffic light on US-340 in the vicinity.

Mp 1.0/5.3: Shenandoah Street

Locate: {39.32180, -77.74304} 🄱 🄶 🄾

Orient: The AT crosses the west end of Shenandoah Street, adjacent to the US-340 bridge over the Shenandoah River; 0.9 mi east of Shoreline Drive in Harpers Ferry, WV, and 1.9 mi west of VA-671 [Harpers Ferry Road] in Purcellville, VA. Parking is available at the crossing in the River Access Parking Lot of Harpers Ferry NHP.

Park: Room for three dozen cars; $20 cash or online, includes park entrance fee. From NPS website: "Intended for visitors using the river access located under the Highway 340."

Connect: Follow sidewalk along Shenandoah Street left (west) from lot for 75 yd to AT at the crosswalk. For AT northbound, turn right, cross road, and continue on footpath ahead. For AT southbound, continue on sidewalk, turning left to pedestrian walkway along bridge.

Mp 6.3/0.0: WV-9 [Charles Town Pike]

Locate: {39.26157, -77.76261} 🄱 🄶 🄾

Orient: The AT in Keys Gap crosses WV-9 [Charles Town Pike] along the WV-VA border 4.5 mi southeast of US-340 in Charles Town, WV, and 3.1 mi northwest of VA-671 [Harpers Ferry Road] in Mechanicsville, VA.

Park: Room for a dozen cars on north side of road; signed.