The Flip Flop Festival is a two day, no charge community event, sponsored by the Harpers Ferry Town Foundation's Trail & Town Alliance, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the towns of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar, WV. The Flip Flop Festival combines activities designed to promote “flip-flop thru-hikes” of the Appalachian Trail with activities that celebrate the beginning of the outdoor season in Harpers Ferry, as well as economic development for the Town and its merchants.
Those who love the outdoors are invited to experience what makes Harpers Ferry such a great destination with its incredibly scenic and historic location in the Blue Ridge Mountains located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.
Harpers Ferry offers a wealth of fantastic hiking, cycling, rafting, and climbing opportunities, with restaurants, shops, art galleries, indoor and outdoor exhibits, all set close to world-famous historic sites related to the Civil War, African American History, and the explorer Meriwether Lewis.
Long-distance hikers come to learn about and how to prepare for a flip-flop thru-hike, a new way to hike the length of the 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.
Come kick off the beginning of the outdoor season with us!