Hitting The Heights At Harper’s Ferry

On Monday, I went on my traditional birthday hike and decided to tackle Loudoun Heights trail at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. I hiked around other Appalachian Trails and around Harper’s Ferry for a 16 mile trek. It was wonderful, though these old bones were rattling by the end of the day. I wanted to share some of the pictures with the blog.

For the Loudoun Heights portion of the hiking, I took the AT White Trail to the Loudoun Blue Trail and then took the Orange Trail back to hook up with the AT for the final stretch to Harper’s Ferry. I left my stick in the car, which was a mistake. Particularly with wet weather, sticks are a good idea (I ended up fashioning myself a walking stick). I also recommend long pants.

I ended up on the return going to the top of one of the hills where Storer College is located. A historically black college, Storer is also the location of the first U.S. meeting of the Niagara Movement with W.E.B. Du Bois. Nearby is a cemetery which is filled with very old grave and overlooks the town (just off the AT). The most striking thing is how many children are buried there — a reminder of the high fatality rate for children in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Here are some of the pictures from yesterday:

10 thoughts on “Hitting The Heights At Harper’s Ferry”

  1. Happy Birthday, Professor Turley! What a lovely way to celebrate. I sure miss the extravagant green.

  2. Thanks for sharing the photos. That is some of my favorite area to hike. Particularly the view from Weverton Cliffs.

  3. JT, be careful on those West Virginia Appalachian trails. The locals don’t like outsiders digging for Ginseng.

  4. Those photos are very nice. What kind of camera was used? As I was trolling down the page to look at the photos there was a photo on the right side of the screen for a previous article. It is of a woman screaming. Jeso! But that photo does not rank up there with the ugliest photos such as Hillary, Mueller and now Barr.
    The articles on this blog about travel and hiking are very good. I enjoy this one today.

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