Appalachian Trail VA - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry Segment 5

Front Royal, Virginia 22630

Appalachian Trail VA - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry Segment 5

Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry (Segment 5) Professional Review and Guide

"The Blue Ridge of northern Virginia have none of the 4,000-foot-plus heights so plentiful on the Appalachian Trail farther south. Still, the northern Virginia leg is one
exhausting climb after another. On open mountain balds, views drop west onto the Great Valley.

The bumpy spine of the Blue Ridge runs southward, and to the east lie the rolling meadows of Virginia’s hunt country. Come fall and winter, the mountains here harbor quiet moments, interrupted occasionally by the thrashing of birds foraging among the hornbeam, dogwood, spicebush, and sassafras."

Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry (Segment 5) Reviews

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11/1/2008
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6/25/2007
Two hostels not to miss--Bear's Den and the Blackburn Center. Bears Den w/way-cool lodge atmosphere to hang and luck up on evening meal& breakfast at the big table. Stories flow/excellent hospitality. Blackburn solar shower was down, but sittin on the porch there with the view is memorable. Thru hikers (05)givin up the hospitality, but steps or switchbacks to get down there (park the pack, trot down!). Couple of tent spots with fire rings between Keys Gap and Harpers Ferry about 3 miles so. of the bridge across the Shen. River.
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2/8/2006
Quiet, beautiful, well-maintained. We hiked from Chester Gap to Linden, the first 8 miles. It took us about 4 hours.
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7/28/2004
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7/24/2004
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4/3/2003
Although the mountains in this area are lower than I would prefer, I like this location because it's so close to home! I can take a day trip from Northern Virginia (about an hours drive) and hike a better scenic trail than anything around DC. You'll see me out there atleast four times a month :)
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Trail Information

Front Royal
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
54.5
Distance
Point-to-Point
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Hunting
Additional Use
Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, WV, (304) 535-6331, www.appalachiantrail.org
Local Contacts
PATC #7 (AT–Northern VA); PATC #8 (AT–Northern VA)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018