Come celebrate the beginning of the outdoor season in beautiful Harpers Ferry! The Flip Fop Festival is for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to experience and learn about all that this scenic and historic area has to offer. Although the festival celebrates hikers called "flip floppers" who start their 2200-mile journeys in Harpers Ferry, it has become so much more.
The Flip Flop Festival offers music, food vendors, games, and a variety of activities and workshops so you can jump right in and experience the many great outdoor activities that Harpers Ferry has to offer. Or, you can learn more about that activity you've always wanted to try.
offers a wealth of fantastic hiking, cycling, rafting, and climbing, 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
Birdwatching, forest bathing, cycling, star-gazing are some of the activities and workshops that will be offered in 2019.
Why the name "flip flop festival"?
The festival was originally created for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to learn how to do a "flip flop" thru-hike--starting in the middle to avoid the crowds of traditional starters in Georgia, hiking north and doing a "flip" back to Harpers Ferry and hiking south. The festival has since expanded to celebrate all things outdoorsy in Harpers Ferry.
We still offer an in-depth program for hikers who want to learn how to be successful flip-floppers. A flip flop thru-hike is 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!
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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 29). 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.