Steeped in history, Shepherdstown is West Virginia’s oldest city, but in relatively recent years it’s become a hub for the arts and an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. One factor that makes the town so endearing to outdoor enthusiasts is its quick and easy access to the C&O Canal Tow Path. Originally constructed to enable horses to tow coal and other goods down the canal toward market, the C&O now serves as a 185 miles bike path connecting Cumberland, Maryland to Washington, D.C. From Shepherdstown you can hop on the C&O, and, within a few miles, find yourself at one of its unique, biker-only campsites.

In addition to its bike-friendly nature, Shepherdstown is also situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, and easy paddling access to the Potomac can be obtained via the Princess Street boat ramp.

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Did you know? This area is home to the annual Run Through History 10K, which traverses a scenic path through the historic Antietam National Battlefield.

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