Outdoor Recreation in Shepherdstown

Become one with nature

In your new Jefferson County home, adventure is a way of life. Whether you are drawn to historic trails or hoping to catch a river view, the opportunities for adventure are limitless. Let your remote work stress melt away and take a deep breath of fresh mountain air.

Easy Access to Adventure

Shepherdstown is a hub of outdoor recreation – home to everything from river paddling to iconic hiking trails.

Within close proximity of Shepherdstown, find 100 paddling runs, 1,400 climbing routes, nearly 200 mountain bike trails and access to 7 different ski areas.


Hit the trails

There are plenty of opportunities for hikers to go for a short stroll or an invigorating multi-mile trek. In fact, the famous Appalachian Trail runs right through Harpers Ferry, near the headquarters and visitor center of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The four mile out and back hike to Maryland Heights Cliff is popular for good reason: the view of Harpers Ferry and the Shenandoah Valley is exceptional! Take breaks on the steep climb to learn about Civil War history.


Put the Pedal to the metal

It’s common to see serious cyclists out enjoying the terrain in Jefferson County. There are also plenty of opportunities for hikers to go for a short stroll or an invigorating multi-mile trek. In the heart of Shepherdstown, Pedal & Paddle rents equipment and runs guided historic cycling tours on the C & O Canal Towpath and to neighboring Harpers Ferry.


Go for the green

If golf is your passion, we have three championship courses that you will love and will challenge players of all skill levels. Each course is set in the beautiful backdrop of our mountain towns and within a short drive of downtown. The Club at Cress Creek is located in the heart of Shepherdstown and is surrounded by a beautiful residential community.


Spend a day on the water

Boating, rafting, tubing and kayaking are popular activities with multiple entry points to the Potomac River and its tributaries in and around Shepherdstown. In nearby Harpers Ferry, the outfitter River Riders has you covered for just about any adventure, from cycling to a treetop challenge course. But in this town defined by the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, you must get on the water. River Riderswhitewater rafting trips conquer class I-III rapids. Slow down with River Riders’ Shenandoah float – a ride so mild, you can bring a picnic.


Drop a line

Make nearby Harpers Ferry your hub for fishing in Jefferson County. This town situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers promises productive fishing – especially if youre after smallmouth bass. In fact, Fly Fisherman magazine named both rivers to its top 10 for surface fly-fishing the species.

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