The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will offer an African American History Hike that will showcase the rich history along the Harpers Ferry section of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). This event is part of the Flip Flop Festival that celebrates Harpers Ferry at the beginning of the outdoor season.
The hike starts at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center at 1::00 pm, and will end in the lower town historic district at 3:00 pm.
A Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ranger will lead a one-mile hike along the grounds of Storer College, one of the nation’s first institutions of higher learning open to all Americans. The hike will also follow the Appalachian Trail past Jefferson Rock, Civil War ruins, and John Brown's Fort. Participants will also learn about the Niagara Movement, considered to be the cornerstone of the modern civil rights era as well as John Brown’s Raid, which focused the nation's attention on the moral issue of slavery and headed the country toward civil war.
The route includes numerous steep steps. The hike will end in the lower town historic district, 1/2 miles from the start point. A shuttle bus will be available to return participants to ATC immediately afterwards for those who do not wish to walk back uphill.
This hike is recommended for children twelve years old and older. Parental supervision is required.
Arrive early to allow time for parking and to sign in. Paid street parking is available on Washington Street below ATC. Limited parking is available at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church.
Hike participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and light snacks. Cafes and restaurants are located in the historic district where the hike ends. Hike will proceed in light rain; if thunder or lightning, talk will be given in the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church Sanctuary.
This event is offered in partnership with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Harpers Ferry - Bolivar Trail & Town Alliance.