From Home to Harpers Ferry (and Antietam) by Bicycle

My friend and former writer for the Smithsonian, David, writes a great blog about his biking and other adventures. Here’s a recent post he wrote about a bike trip to one of my favorite history places, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Be sure to check out some of his other posts.

Bike Walk Drive

I have taken many long-distance cycling trips since I became interested in bicycle travel. But I hadn’t done the one thing I’d really wanted to do all along: roll my bicycle out of my back yard in Bethesda, Maryland, and bike to somewhere far away.

I live close to the C&O Canal National Historical Park, so the canal towpath is a perfect option for a cycling excursion from home. I visit the towpath often to walk or bike, and I’ve bicycled its entire length twice. I’ve always thought a trip from home to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, via the towpath, with a side trip from Harpers Ferry to Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland, would make a perfect three-day bicycling trip.

During a stretch of unseasonably warm weather this past October, I finally ran out of reasons to put off this trip. I made a two-night reservation at a bed and breakfast…

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2 Responses to From Home to Harpers Ferry (and Antietam) by Bicycle

  1. Tim – is that a paved or gravel path?

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    • Samantha Theriault says:

      C&O canal towpath is gravel. An alternative would be the Washington & Old Dominion, which is paved and goes all the way up to Purcellville – that will get you most of the way there. It is a historic railroad trail, and has many stops of interest (and a few exhibit panels) along the way.

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