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 Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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4/27/2018
Definitely was wet when I did this section but that's spring weather for you. The terrain on this section of the AT ranges from easy to difficult with very rocky and steep areas with lots of grading changes. There are several decent shelters along the way for camping. Be sure to visit the AT headquarters when you get to Harpers Ferry!
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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
Open year-round. Hunting season in G. R. Thompson Wildlife Management Area, mid-Nov through first week in Jan.
Season
Hunting
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, WV, (304) 535-6331, www.appalachiantrail.org
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 74, A3
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018