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A Tale of Two Rivers

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A June 2003 trip to Harpers Ferry by Idler

The Shenandoah River at Harpers Ferry Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia More Photos
Quote: The Shenandoah River meets the Potomac at historic Harpers Ferry, one of the most scenic and geologically interesting places in West Virginia. Nearby, Antietam Battlefield, the Appalachian Trail, the C&O Canal, Shepherdstown, and Charles Town attract an eclectic mix of Civil War buffs, hikers, cyclists, paddlers, gamblers, and antique hounds.

A Tale of Two Rivers

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The Shenandoah River at Harpers Ferry Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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This area makes a relaxing and rather bucolic weekend getaway from the metropolitan D.C./Baltimore/Frederick area. Check the weather forecast and choose activities accordingly:Hot and humid? Bring a bathing suit and spend the day tubing on either the Shenandoah or Potomac rivers. If you’ve got your own tube, most of the rafting/kayaking companies charge a reasonable fee (-) to ferry you to a starting point upriver so that you can spend the next several hours drifting lazily downstream. Torrential rain? Wait till it stops, then make a beeline for one of the rafting/kayaking outfitters. High water is the siren call for whitewater buffs. Crisp and coo...Read More

Tubing on the Shenandoah

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Attraction | "Take me to the river: Tubing on the Shenandoah"

Tubing on the Shenandoah Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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The mark of a successful man is one that can spend an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it. - Chinese philosopher The only good thing about the D.C. area’s notorious summer heat and humidity is that it forces us to adopt a slower pace. In the dog days of summer, many people brave the lanes of traffic heading for the ocean, but a less frenetic exodus involves going to inland waterways. During an especially tedious stretch of 90+ degree days last August, we put on our swimsuits and drove to Harpers Ferry, only an hour’s drive away. Our object? To do very little that day other than float down a cool, quiet river. Several ri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

Tubing on the Shenandoah
River Trail & Outfitters
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
(301) 695-5177

Charles Town Races & Slots

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Attraction | "They'rrrrre Off! Charles Town Races"

Charles Town Races & Slots Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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A horse race is a beautiful thing. The pounding of hooves, like distant thunder, accompanies the kaleidoscopic whirl of racing silks. An indefinable scent, part lather, leather, and adrenaline, rises from the track. But it is the sheer spectacle of muscle, bone, and sinew hurtling along that quickens the pulse. Time itself slows as the horses round the curve into the homestretch, fierce in their determination. I’ve been to many tracks, each with its own atmosphere. On my first visit to Charles Town Races, about fifteen years ago, I was not favorably impressed. The track had clearly seen better days and was gracelessl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 16, 2003

Charles Town Races & Slots
RR 340
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25414
(304) 725-7001

The Harpers Ferry Flea Market Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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"I never saw so much expression in an inanimate thing before, and we all know how much expression they have!" - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper" On a recent visit to Harpers Ferry, we passed by the flea market held each weekend at the junction of Rt. 340 and Bloomery Road. Naturally, we were lured in by the prospect of finding some overlooked treasure, some West Virginian relic that we cannily would snag at a fraction of its true value. Spread out over what used to be a drive-in movie lot, the flea market sprawled higgledy-piggledy over several acres. The range of merchandise was almost daunting: piles of stuffed animals, broken alarm clocks, far...Read More
The C&O Canal Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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I’ve always felt a special connection to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, which stretches from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland, taking in some of the most beautiful and historical sights of this part of the country en route. I live only 4 miles away from the canal, near Edward's Ferry, and have spent countless hours hiking, biking, and horseback riding along its towpath. The year I was born – 1954 – was the year that Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (no relation, much as I’d like to claim him) penned a famous letter challenging the editor of the Washington Post to walk the length of the 184.5-mile-long canal with him. Douglas was championing the preservation of ca...Read More