Description - In the West Virginia portion, the trail passes through the town of Harpers Ferry, which is the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Harpers Ferry is considered the "psychological midpoint" of the trail
- Harpers Ferry and the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are the primary attractions of the West Virginia portion of the trail.
Recreation - The appalachian trail is famous for its hikingadventures. Many people atempt to hike from end to end either in one outing lasting for months or by walking segments.
Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.
This portio of the trail passes directly through Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. A map is available above on this wildernet.com page.