Flip Flop Festival to Celebrate Outdoor Recreation, Small-Town Charm in the Appalachian Mountains

Date Published: Apr 13, 2018

HARPERS FERRY, W. Va. (April 13, 2018) – Come celebrate the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), the great outdoors and small-town charm at the fourth annual Flip Flop Festival on April 28-29. Co-hosted by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Trail and Town Alliance of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar and REI Co-op, the festival will feature a variety of activities, vendors, live music, workshops and games for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Admission to the festival is free and everyone is invited to join the fun.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is thrilled to partner with local community groups, the towns of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar, and REI to bring awareness of all the outdoor recreation and history that Harpers Ferry has to offer,” said Suzanne Dixon, president and CEO of the ATC.

Flip Flop Festival Hikers and Vendors
The Flip Flop Festival will provide visitors with a variety of outdoor recreation workshops and activities, live music, local vendors and much more!

The festival was created to promote and support “flip flop” thru-hikes, where A.T. hikers begin their 2,190-mile treks of the entire Trail at its ceremonial midpoint of ATC headquarters in Harpers Ferry. A variety of workshops will be offered to help 2018 flip floppers and other hikers prepare for and enjoy sustainable A.T. hiking adventures. Additional workshops are offered for those interested in other recreational opportunities and the rich history in and around Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Flip Flop Festival weekend overview:

  • Date/Time: April 28, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and April 29, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: 799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 


Saturday Schedule:

  • Backpack Shakedowns: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Outdoor Recreation and History Workshops: 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
  • Craft Beer and Food Tasting: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Climbing Wall: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Live Music: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Gear Repair Clinic with REI: 1-1:45 p.m.
  • Gourmet Camp Coffee Clinic with REI: 2-2:45 p.m.
  • Knot-Tying Clinic with REI: 3-3:45 p.m.
  • Panel/Storytelling: 4-5 p.m.
  • Celebration of Flip Floppers: 5-7:30 p.m.


Sunday Schedule:

  • Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Flip Flopper Send-off: 9-9:30 a.m.
  • Backpack Shakedowns: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Outdoor Recreation and History Workshops: 10:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
  • C&O Canal Bike Ride: 1 p.m. (ride at your own pace)
  • African American History Hike: 1-3 p.m.

For additional information about the festival, visit www.flipflopfestival.org.


About the Trail and Town Alliance of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar
The Trail and Town Alliance of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar serves the two towns as their steering committee for the Appalachian Trail Community program and the Canal Town Partnership, a coalition of towns along the C&O Canal Towpath. As a standing committee of the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation, the Alliance’s goals are to promote outdoor tourism and sustainable economic development in the two towns, to promote outdoor experiences and use of trails among area residents, and to increase services for hikers, bicyclists, and other visitors to the towns.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.


Media Contact:
 Jordan Bowman
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.885.0794
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATHike
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org

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