Point of Rocks to Harpers Ferry
At Point of Rocks, the towpath cuts through the Catoctin Mountains. On the other side of the mountain, the trail crosses a "Bailey bridge," installed when the Catoctin Aqueduct collapsed in 1973. Bailey bridges, designed by a British engineer in the latter stages of World War II, are prefabricated structures assembled on site.
Eight miles west of Point of Rocks, the towpath comes to the railroad town of Brunswick—at one time the nation’s largest railroad yard. At Weverton, the trail is joined from the north by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The trails co-align for 2.6 miles into Harpers Ferry. The hike ends under the railroad trestle at Harpers Ferry.
Start: Point of Rocks
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Point of Rocks
The town features antique shops, B&Bs, restaurants and, a block up Washington Street, an outfitter. Harpers Ferry is served by both MARC and Amtrak. In addition to the C&O Canal, the town features two other canals: the Shenandoah Navigation on Virginius Island and the Armory Canal along the Potomac upstream from the train station. Both date to the early 1800s and feature interesting ruins. Maryland Heights features numerous Civil War trenches and structures which can be seen from a trail that circles above the town. Harpers Ferry also is the home of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).
Last updated: April 10, 2015