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Harpers Ferry considers local facilities for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers


The Journal

A marker on the Appalachian Trail. Officials in Harpers Ferry are working to find new ways to accomodate thru-hikers and atract them to stay and spend in the town
(Journal photo by Tim Cook)

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va.  — Harpers Ferry offers a destination for hikers along the Appalachian Trail, but a lack of resources and accomodations has led to missed opportunities causing officials to look into what changes they can make.

New facilities and backyard camping are among the options being considered to accomodate and welcome hikers like Michael Paolini.

Paolini completed a personal quest last year to walk all 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail. About midway through his seven-month trek from Maine to Georgia, while nursing a bout of tendinitis in his foot, he stopped for several days in Harpers Ferry for rest and recuperation.


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