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Jefferson County, WV – Spring into new adventures and tasty delights.

by JonPharr

Just an hour west from Washington DC, Jefferson County, West Virginia is famous for the saga of John Brown and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. However, visitors have discovered that this piece of almost heaven delivers equally well on outdoor recreation venues and an incredible dining scene.

There are few places with the outdoor recreation opportunities that you find in Jefferson County. Miles of scenic hiking and biking trails are highlighted by the Appalachian Trail. The Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers are home to great fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and tubing. An assortment of Professional outfitters can take care of all of the logistics and equipment for any adventure and guide you on a memorable adventure.

The legendary Appalachian Trail runs right through Harpers Ferry, near the headquarters and visitor center of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Pick up a guidebook or chat about your hiking plans at the conservancy’s visitor center, then get underway.

Also in Harpers Ferry, River Riders Family Adventure Resort has you covered for just about any adventure, from cycling to a treetop challenge course. But in this town defined by the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, you must get on the water. River & Trail Outfitters and River Riders’ whitewater rafting trips conquer class I-III rapids. You can even experience whitewater tubing on the Potomac river, which zips you over the river’s rapids alongside the historic town. Slow down with a Shenandoah float – a ride so mild, you can bring a picnic.

Harpers Ferry Outfitters is a must-stop for all kinds of travelers. Whether you are a cyclist, hiker, passing pedestrian, or tourist, you will likely be leaving with at least one item in hand. Find a filled inventory of gear, T-shirts, accessories and other clothing, freeze-dried foods, and snacks to prepare for your hike or biking excursion. One welcoming resource provided here is the water re-fill station which those stopping by town while on a long trek certainly appreciate.

After a day of adventure, explore the shopping and dining scene in and around Harpers Ferry. The historic rich streets of Harpers Ferry are home to a unique mix of shops and galleries. The Vintage Lady has been a favorite spot for visitors for over 20 years for unique gifts, art, and jewelry. Spoil your sweet tooth and True Treats Historic Candy, the nation’s only historic candy store, where visitors can shop over 500 historic teas, candies, and confections.  Tenfold Fair Trade Collection is a curated artisan market providing fair trade, hand-crafted, eco-conscious items for you and your home. Whether a student, teacher, hiker, historian, nature lover, or every day visitor, you will find something to remember your trip at the Harpers Ferry Park Association Bookstore.

When it is time to relax, have some great food and reminisce about your day, Harpers Ferry offers a variety of great options. Kelley Farm Kitchen is Harpers Ferry’s first vegan restaurant and provides mouth-watering meals that will be appreciated by vegans and non-vegans alike. Battle Grounds Bakery & Coffee is known for amazing sandwiches, great coffee, pastries and frozen custard. Wander to The Rabbit Hole Gastropub for a Blue Ridge Burger and a drink from its impressive craft beer selection, all enjoyed with a gorgeous view at one of its outdoor tables overlooking the river.

At the end of the evening, head to The Barn of Harpers Ferry for some live music and cold beer.

Bordering Harpers Ferry is the town of Bolivar. Stop in the Country Cafe for a good old-fashioned homemade breakfast. Nothing fancy, just delicious food like your grandmother used to make. Or find a range of fresh goods, including cinnamon rolls, biscuits, scones and West Virginia’s best pepperoni rolls at Bolivar Bread Bakery.

For more information on creating your own Jefferson County getaway, visit WhereAlmostHeavenBegins.com.

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