Trash Free Potomac Network - Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed

Harpers Ferry NHP Potoma Wayside River Clean up
Cleanup Event

This Cleanup is part of the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

April 18, 2020, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Please join us Saturday April 18h from 9:00am to Noon, for the Annual Potomac River Watershed Clean up at the Potoma Wayside River Access in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Ranger Samantha will be leading the clean up. Gloves, trash bags, & recycling bags will be provided. Bring your refillable water bottle, wear sturdy boots, dress in long pants of a tough fabric, and layers up top.

Parking will be just down the road, past the "Tri-State" Exxon, in the "Kettle Corn" lot. Permission has been granted by the property owner. Just ask the Kettle Corn or other Vendor folks where they'd like you to park.

Bring your phone and/or other camera to capture the project, and maybe even enter the Alice Ferguson Foundation photo contest!

For any questions, or to RSVP, contact Samantha Zurbuch at 304-535-5017 or

Potoma Wayside
Also known as 'the river takeout off route 340'

Site Type

River (Active since 1998)


County: Jefferson

State: West Virginia

Zip: 25425

Nearest City: Harpers Ferry

GPS Coordinates: 39.320675, -77.713169


Directions: Potoma Wayside is located on the Virginia side of Potomac 340 bridge. You can park in the "Kettle Corn lot", beside the Exxon. The lot is after the Exxon if coming from MD or VA, and before the Exxon if coming from WV. When you arrive in the lot, please ask the food vendors where they'd like you to park, then proceed to walk along the road toward potoma wayside using extreme caution. Watch for traffic. Very Carefully cross the road. We will meet by the pullout at Potoma Wayside. Look for the leader in a Park Ranger uniform. Email any questions, or to RSVP: or call 304-535-5017

Watershed Upper Potomac
Sub Watershed

Parking Capacity: 20

Restrooms are available.

This site is NOT suitable for children under seven.

This site is NOT suitable for the elderly.

This site is NOT suitable for the disabled.

Notes & Special Issues

There is a long, steep trail to the river. There will be all kinds of debris and trash on the shoreline and in the woods. The cleanup may require traversing rough terrain with uneven footing and sharp/dangerous objects. Please Wear Sturdy, protective footwear and long pants and long sleeves, along with work gloves, sunglasses, and a hat. This project may not be suitable for small children or those with mobility issues. Please bring your own water & snacks.


What To Expect


This site is open to the public

RSVP Not Required

Maximum Volunteers: 40

Contact Info.

Samantha Zurbuch



This area is made up of steep, uneven, rugged terrain. It is not suitable for young children, and may contain unsafe, toxic, sharp, or otherwise hazardous materials. Please wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy closed toed footwear, sunglasses, and a hat.

Bring your own water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, or other safety or personal comfort items. You will be required to sign a NPS Volunteer Agreement form to participate.