Just a short distance from Washington and Baltimore, West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle revives visitors with a relaxed atmosphere full of history, scenery and small-town charm.
6 Regional Favorites
As you explore the Eastern Panhandle, check out these favorite places:
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: Follow costumed interpreters and thoughtful exhibits leading you through layers of history.
- Bloomery Plantation Distillery: In Charles Town, this distiller of artisanal spirits cooks up creative cocktails. Try their Ginger Shine in the kickin’ Jefferson Mule.
- Berkeley Springs State Park: See George Washington’s Bathtub, then take your own soak in the historic Roman Bath House in the center of town.
- Contemporary American Theater Festival: Shepherdstown’s summer theater festival presents five bold plays by five new writers annually.
- Harpers Ferry Canopy Tour: Take a thrilling guided zip line tour or test your skills on a treetop forest challenge course. Better yet, do them both!
- The Woods: In Hedgesville, get pampered at this full-service resort for golfers and spa lovers.
More in the Eastern Panhandle
The Eastern Panhandle embraces a handful of historic towns connected by the Washington Heritage Trail, a 136-mile route spanning three counties that highlights 40 historic and scenic sites.
Berkeley Springs, known for its healing waters since George Washington’s time, remains a popular spa destination today. A certified West Virginia Art Town, it’s also a mecca for antique lovers. Martinsburg celebrates its many historic treasures and bustles with festivals devoted to wine, arts, apples, chocolate, chili and more. Shepherdstown is a picturesque college community with a delightfully eclectic shopping scene and a collection of inviting restaurants.
Charles Town, named for George Washington’s brother, boasts several Washington family homes and Hollywood Casino. At the beautiful convergence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park occupies most of an equally appealing village.
Hikers, bikers, anglers, river rafters and zip line lovers enjoy this region. In Glengary, Peacemaker National Training Center offers shooting ranges and instruction, and Cacapon Resort State Park has a new trap shooting range, too.