Come celebrate the beginning of the outdoor season in the incredibly beautiful Harpers Ferry! The Flip Fop Festival is for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to experience and learn about the Appalachian Trail, whether on a jaunt through the historic town or launching on a thru-hike of the entire Trail.
offers a wealth of fantastic hiking, cycling, rafting, and climbing opportunities, with restaurants, shops, art galleries, indoor and outdoor exhibits, all set close to world-famous historic sites related to The Civil War and African American history in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Prospective thru-hikers come to learn how to be successful flip-floppers, a new sustainable
way to hike the length
increasingly popular 2200-mile Appalachian Trail. By starting in the "psychological halfway point" of the Appalachian Trail of Harpers Ferry, "flip-flop thru-hikers" help conserve of this magnificent American treasure while avoiding the crowds of almost 4,000 thru-hikers who start in Georgia, the traditional starting point. A variety of workshops will be offered covering hiking basics, health and safety, trail etiquette, and hands-on packweight reduction sessions.
Come kick off the beginning of the outdoor season with us!
Make your lodging and camping reservations now: www.historicharpersferry.com/directory/category/stay/harpers-ferry-bolivar
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For a detailed schedule and more information, visit www.flipflopfestival.org
*Note to flip flop thru-hikers: You are encouraged to spread out your start times and locations. Consider starting a day or two after the festival (we'll have a smaller send-off at 9:00 am on Monday, April 30, and beyond, if there is demand). Or do a "shakedown" hike through Maryland in advance of the festival to make the most of the educational sessions (then resume your hike further north after the festival). Information about shuttle service providers can be found at www.appalachiantrail.org/transportation
This event is sponsored by the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Trail & Town Alliance and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.