4th Annual Flip Flop Festival

  • Dates: 28 – 29 Apr, 2018
  • Location: Harpers Ferry, WV, United States

This event combines activities designed to promote "flip-flop thru-hikes" of the Appalachian Trail with activities that celebrate the beginning of the outdoor season in Harpers Ferry.ATC_RP10679_DSC_3369-scr

Those who love the outdoors are invited to experience what makes Harpers Ferry such a great destination with its incredibly scenic and historic location in the Blue Ridge Mountains located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.

Harpers Ferry 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 in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park related to The Civil War, African American history, and the explorer Meriwether Lewis. 

Hikers come to learn how to prepare for a flip-flop thru-hike, a new way to hike the lengthATC_RP14420_IMG_8835-scr 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, healthy 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. We encourage you to patronize our A.T. Community Supporters.

*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.

For a detailed schedule and more information, visit www.flipflopfestival.org.

This event is sponsored by the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Trail & Town Alliance and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.


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  1. lpotteiger | Jan 26, 2018

    Camping is available at two locations just outside Harpers Ferry:


    More camping options within reasonable driving distance are listed here:


    Note there are 2 hostels in Harpers Ferry/Bolivar, and one more in Knoxville, Maryland, about a 10-minute drive away (or 5 miles on foot).

  2. Steve | Jan 12, 2018
    Will there be tent sites/facilities available at the festival? 
  3. Tonya King | Oct 16, 2017
    do you have a date set for the annual hiking event in Hot Springs 2018

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