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*5th Annual Flip Flop Festival

  • Dates: 27 – 28 Apr, 2019
  • Location: Harpers Ferry, WV, United States

ATC_RP10679_DSC_3369-scrCome 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. 

Harpers Ferry 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 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, 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

Flip Flop Festival Cornhole Game
*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

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


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  1. Steve Fopeano | Mar 11, 2018

    I reserved a tentsite at the HF Campground 1.5 miles by trail on the Shenandoah River from the Amtrak Station. 408 Alstats Rd 25425. 800 326 7233. Very nice people. $34/night Fri and Sat, $24 for Sunday 

    The HF KOA has all sorts of non camping amenities and charges an extra fee  

  2. 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).

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

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