Walking in Creation – Appalachian Trail Hike: Harper’s Ferry, WV to Caledonia State Park, PA (May, 2022)

On May 17, 2022, after a long absence (since September, 2019), I was blessed to return to my journey north on the Appalachian Trail (AT).
My hiking companion (Jeff) and I started where I left off in 2019 – Harper’s Ferry, WV, and walked the trail north through Maryland and into southern Pennsylvania.

This article will provide a summary of the 40.6-mile Maryland section and the 18.3-mile part we hiked in southern Pennsylvania (to Caledonia State Park).

Here are some pictures, showing the highlights of the 58.9-mile hike, which occurred over 5 days and 4 nights (05-17/05-21-2022).

Maryland

Leaving Harper’s Ferry to cross the Potomac River and into Maryland
Happy to be back on new trail!
The AT footbridge adjoins a train track used by Amtrak and freight trains
An Amtrak train, headed east to Washington, DC passed by not long after we completed the crossing.
There’s an Amtrak station a hundred yards from the AT in Harper’s Ferry
A view of the Potomac River (and rapids) from the trail as it follows the C&O Canal Towpath trail for around 3 miles.
Following the white blazes along the river.
As easy as it gets on the AT! ๐Ÿ‘
A nice map at an information kiosk, showing the trail across Maryland.
Note the “You Are Here”, about 4 miles into the state.
Weverton Cliffs (859 ft.), after a short but steep climb up from the river.
This is looking west up river towards Harper’s Ferry.
Note the series of rapids…
Harper’s Ferry is in the middle of this view, in the “notch” in the mountains.
Looking east past the rapids towards northern Virginia and Washington, DC
After Weverton cliffs, the next highlight in MD is Gathland State Park.
A small park, important to the hiker with its restrooms, potable water spigot, and nice picnic pavilion.
The monument in this view is of the War Correspondents memorial.
Blooming azaleas greeted us along the trail in MD in several places.
Crampton Gap Shelter, where we spent our first night
I slept on the deck under the overhang.
A view from White Rock Cliff (1,589 ft.)
Stopped at Rocky Run Shelter for lunch and water.
This is the new version – note the upper sleeping area inside.
This is the old version, still used.
Dahlgren Chapel, completed in 1884
Now it appears to only be a wedding venue
The “original” Washington Monument (1,550 ft.)
View from the top of the monument
Historical information
Crossing Interstate 70
Our home for the night (a rainy one at that)
A damp, foggy start to the day
Reflections of the Creation
Watch your step Jeff!
A nice section through a pasture
The beauty is in the details
Raven Rocks Shelter – Our home for night #3
I had the loft to myself! ๐Ÿ™‚
Wonderful views from High Rocks (1,794 ft.)
Note the fog/low clouds at the other side of this broad valley
It was like this most of the way down from High Rocks
More Azaleas in bloom
Arriving at the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line

Pennsylvania

Beautiful scenery in southern Pennsylvania
Chimney Rocks (1,900 ft.) – First view in Pennsylvania
More rocky trail!
Arriving at Caledonia State Park

Soon, I plan to create a new movie for my YouTube channel showing the AT in Maryland.

Thankful for the opportunity to walk in the Lord’s Creation again.
Lord willing, I will return in the Fall (2022) to walk more on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‚

A new article on the southern Pennsylvania section will be posted once that hike is completed.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through CHRIST which strengtheneth me.

God Bless!!!!!!

7 thoughts on “Walking in Creation – Appalachian Trail Hike: Harper’s Ferry, WV to Caledonia State Park, PA (May, 2022)

  1. Brother Ken, thank you so much for sharing this! I enjoyed the pictures so much, and Iโ€™m so happy that you were able to do that. I know youโ€™re looking forward to your trip in the fall, and we will look forward to seeing the pictures and videos.

    God bless you and your sweet wife.

    Emily

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Hi Ken, Enjoyed your pictures and appreciate the commentary on each one.ย  I’ve been wondering how you kept your phone charged on the hike.ย  Is there power in the shelters?ย  How about water? Any way thanks for sending them. Hope your plans fall into place for the fall hike! Gary

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    1. Hi Gary. Thanks for viewing and providing the nice comments.
      RE: Phone Charge – I use an Anker 20000 milli amp battery pack. It will charge my phone camera many times. It would eventually have to be re-charged at a state park, store, etc. The shelters are out in the woods away from any power sources.
      RE: Water – There was plenty of good water sources along the trail, including each trail shelter at which we stayed. I’d always gather the water in a special bag, and filter it through my Sawyer water filter into one of several bottles I’d carried.
      God Bless!

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