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Jefferson County, WV
About Jefferson County
Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Jefferson Rock
Shenandoah Canal
Entler Hotel
Rumsey Monument and Tobacco Warehouse
Morgan's Grove Park
Peter Burr House
Charles Town
Jefferson County Courthouse and Museum
Zion Episcopal Church
Happy Retreat
St. George's Chapel Ruins
Cedar Lawn
Claymont Court/Blakeley
Middleway Historic District
Berkeley County, WV
About Berkeley County
B&O Roundhouse & Station Complex
Belle Boyd House
Berkeley County Courthouse
Triple Brick Museum
General Adam Stephen House
Green Hill Cemetery
Van Metre Ford Bridge
Bunker Hill Mill
Morgan Chapel
Morgan Cabin
Gerrardstown Historic District
Hays Gerrard House
Mill's Gap
Sleep Creek Wildlife Management Area
Hedgesville Historic District
Mt. Zion Episcopal Church
Snodgrass Tavern
Morgan County, WV
About Morgan County
Spruce Pine Hollow Park
Berkeley Springs
Dutch Cemetery
Throgmorton's Inn
Bath Historic District
Berkeley Springs State Park
George Washington's Bathtub
Roman Bath House & Museum of the Berkeley Springs
Washington's Lots
Sir John's Run
Panorama Overlook
Great Cacapon
Camp Hill Cemetery
Paw Paw
Paw Paw Tunnel
Coolfont Manor House
Cacapon State Park

Washington Heritage Trail

History Along the Trail


main1THE WASHINGTON HERITAGE TRAIL meanders through the three counties of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle offering a rich timeline of American history that includes a colonial spa town, early industrial sites, railroad landmarks and Civil War locations. The footsteps of America’s first president are particularly prominent and inspired creation of the 136-mile National Scenic Byway. Much of the trail follows two historic east/west passageways into America’s first frontier: the Potomac River and the historic Alexandria to Warm Springs Road which is today’s WV9 crossing the Panhandle.

There are several ways to enjoy the trail for a day, weekend or week. It can be entered on the east at Harpers Ferry, or on its western end at Paw Paw. Travelers along the famed Shenandoah Valley marked by Interstate 81 can start in the geographic middle at Martinsburg and head either east or west. The Potomac River defines the full length of the northern boundary. The wild and scenic Cacapon River snakes through its western segment, bisecting Morgan County. The historic Shenandoah River traverses the eastern corner and marks the entire area as the northern sector of the Shenandoah Valley. Throughout the region, there are numerous fast-moving streams and many springs including those healing warm waters known for centuries as Berkeley Springs and revered as the most ancient watering place in the valley.

main2Jefferson County, easternmost of the three counties that make up the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, marks the end of the coastal plain. North/south ridges and valleys start in Berkeley County and increase in Morgan County. The far western segment of the trail begins to suggest the mountainous nature of the rest of West Virginia. Other natural and geologic wonders along the trail include limestone caves and caverns, sandstone outcroppings and world-class scenic views.

Outdoor activities range from whitewater rafting on the Shenandoah to golf courses in all three counties. The notable Charles Town Races originated as a colonial track for horse racing. Today, there is a popular gaming casino as well as year ‘round races. MORE >

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