Explore The Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
Tired of sitting at a desk staring at a screen? Just one hour or less from Washington DC and Northern Virginia, get out of your box and escape to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia – Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, and Berkeley Springs in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountain country. This is where you come to have fun. There are no pretenses – you can be yourself. You can camp one night in Harpers Ferry and stay in a luxury country inn the next night in Charles Town.
Two iconic rivers, the Shenandoah and the Potomac, define this place coming together in a rush of white water in Harpers Ferry funneled by the Blue Ridge Mountains itself. Think outdoor adventure… hike the Appalachian Trail, raft the rapids, bike down the C & O Canal bordering Shepherdstown and Antietam Battlefield in Maryland. Then step up the competitive spirit in go carts at Summit Point Raceway, at your choice of rolling golf courses, or pulled up to a gaming table at Hollywood Casino and Races in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Enjoy the farmers markets in this area during the week and on Saturday and Sunday. Like all of the Shenandoah Valley Blue Ridge Mountain area is rich in music and art. The month of July is the Contemporary American Theater Festival hosted by Shepherd University. Plus there is blue grass and dulcimer concerts each weekend. The Old Opera House hosts live musical performances as well.
The gateway to this playground is through Harpers Ferry where North and South rubbed together and sparked the Civil War. Study all of the complexities of that conflict there and in Charles Town where John Brown was tried and hung. Lest you think history of this area started with the war between the states, note that George Washington settled his extended family here leaving seven family homes to grace the lush country side and his name on a street in almost every small town.
Immerse yourself in the culturally charged spirit of Shepherdstown. Or, get out and enjoy the celebration of the apple harvest in Berkeley County (Martinsburg, West Virginia) at countless fall festivals throughout the area where you’re sure to find apple butter bubbling in a huge kettle over an open fire.
When you’re ready to have fun without standing in line, come to Wild and Wonderful Blue Ridge country where nature builds the rides and the people make you feel at home. See why Washington DC and Northern Virginia call Jefferson County, West Virginia – DC’s Backyard Playground.