Eastern Panhandle Region
A Time Traveler’s History Walk
Spend the day at Harpers Ferry. You can have your choice of rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing or fishing on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. After having some outdoor fun you could visit the Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park. Year-round events are scheduled including artillery demonstrations, military band concerts, and shows starring presidents such as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. Near downtown, stop at the Harpers Ferry Toy Train Museum and take a ride on its Joy Line miniature railroad. You may want to try stop check out River Riders where you can go white water rafting or tubing, try stand up paddle boards, take a zip line canopy tour or visit their aerial adventure park. At the end of the day, take a ghost tour of Harpers Ferry. If the weather is bad, enjoy the telling of ghost stories in a themed Civil War parlor.
Start off with a whole slew of activities to keep you busy at JayDee’s Family Fun Center in the town of Inwood. Inside is a jungle gym, arcade, nature center, party rooms, café, fitness center, gift shop, miniature golf, bumper boats, water spray park, water wars and train rides. Everyone in the family will be able to find something they like at this spot. Settle down for the evening in Martinsburg where you can tour the historic Belle Boyd House and Museum. This was the childhood home of Belle, who was a confederate spy during the Civil War. After dinner, immerse yourself in a show at the Wonderment Puppet Theatre. A variety of kid-centered magical acts, stories and holiday shows are scheduled throughout the year. Or try the Apollo Civic Theatre.
Walk in the footsteps of America’s first president along the George Washington Heritage Trail. Start at Berkeley Springs State Park where you can see the bathing facilities George and his buddies once used, and take a drink from the area’s warm mineral waters. Travel to one of George’s favorite scenic spots at Prospect Peak and then on to the Paw Paw Tunnel, the largest man-made structure on the C&O Canal. Have a picnic lunch at Spruce Pine Hollow, a roadside public park. For the rest of the afternoon you can go to Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs. At the resort have your pick of hiking, swimming, fishing, golf, horseback riding and more. Stay the night in the cozy Cacapon Lodge.