Harpers Ferry, located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is known for both its great natural beauty and its historical significance. As a result it is a center point for numerous activities: hiking on the Appalachian trail and other Civil War historic trails, biking on the gently graded C&O Canal towpath a.k.a "The Grand Old Ditch", canoeing down one of the lively rivers, and visiting the historic old town. Mid-April in this area is beautiful with many flowering trees and shrubs and temperatures typically in the 60s and 70s, there is no better place for an active and relaxing long weekend getaway. Maximum Group size: 14
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Each day includes 3 to 5 hours of activity and the variety of activities (e.g. hiking, bike riding, and canoeing) require a good all-around fitness level, so this trip requires being in good physical condition. The trip is rated 3. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be engaging in aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. Rating:1 2 4 5
On this trip we will be hiking, cycling, and paddling, as well as learning about the history of Harpers Ferry. No experience is necessary in any of these activities, we'll teach you everything you need to know.
We will be staying in the lovely Blue Mountain Retreat for the week.
It is a private, spacious house with ample parking space. There is a wraparound deck with a dining area, and a living room full of comfy chairs to relax in after a long day of hiking.
The lodging has 9 bedrooms 4 bathrooms, 2 living rooms and 2 dining rooms. Some bedrooms can accommodate up to 4 people, but we will only have a maximum of 2 people per room.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
I really enjoyed staying in one place rather than moving each night. It made it more relaxing and time for activities. I loved the mix of activities - zip-lining, canoeing, hiking, biking and "design your own adventure" time.
The beautiful location, great guides and a fun group of ladies to enjoy the variety of activities
Although the trip was short, we had a fun group of ladies to interact with. And the meals prepared by the guides were fantastic!!!
Yes. While I've never been on an AGC trip before, the pre-trip descriptions and packing list provided a helpful and accurate glimpse into a weekend I very much looked forward to -- especially because it was my first trip since COVID.
Meeting new people from all different walks of life, with all different stories. The Appalachians are beautiful, Harper's Ferry was a great town to visit. All the activities were enjoyable, although the hiking was my favorite.
This trip was one highlight after another, absolutely loved everything.
Great tour guides, who made the trip fantastic in every way.
All of the activities were really wonderful, the hostel was great too! The highlight for me was the guides - Sharon and Claire are truly remarkable people. They treated each person with respect and care and everyone felt welcome and appreciated.
I enjoyed everything about the trip, but the highlight was biking in the rain! We were determined to get our bike ride in, and even though it started pouring on the way back in, it was worth it!
It was a lovely mix of people. The guides were friendly and facilitated great interaction among us. The location was interesting and there were ample opportunities for different things to do. The hostel/lodge was well located and comfortable. The history of the area was a big plus!
Bikes were very old and I had a kids bike that had smaller tires and the seat kept slipping so it was difficult to keep up with the others. Perhaps a different bike company? Highlight - walking up to Maryland Heights - a first for me. Being taken care of from the minute I got there was great! All of the women and the encouragement from them was awesome.
Yes for the most part. The hostile was a little uncomfortable for me. Lot of people in a small space. The bed was a little uncomfortable. This didn't put a damper on the trip as a whole though. For me it was good that it was a shorter trip.
The canoe trip was wonderful and Harpers Ferry is a wonderful destination.
Had a great time with all the different activities!
The meals were a wonderful surprise - I hadn't expected such great food. Everything was well planned and well executed.
biking, canoeing, excellent food and, as usual, great company
Great scenery, time of year (spring blooms), biking on tow path
Highlights of the trip are always the wonderful camaraderie of the women and guides. And the exceptional food!! AGC trips always exceed my expectations. They run so smoothly, and even when having to resort to a plan B due to weather, remain fun and memorable.
great group of women, jelled quickly, lots of laughing and bonding.