An old general store in Bolivar bakes big ol’ biscuits that have earned a reputation with hikers and bikers.
Appalachian trail hikers love Harpers Ferry. It is, after all, the “psychological” midway point for one of the most grueling long-distance hikes in the country. Geographically, it’s pretty close to the actual middle—mile 1,023 of the 2,190-mile route. For non-hikers, visiting anytime from spring to early winter guarantees sightings of thru-hikers refueling in the tiny, historic community and exploring nearby Bolivar and Shepherdstown. One reason that they stop in this area is for the biscuits.
The H.B. Snallygaster General Store & Cafe in Bolivar started making giant buttermilk biscuits for trail hikers several years back. Word spread on the trail, and C&O bikers started showing up for them, too. The enormous, several-days’-worth-of-carbohydrates biscuits are the perfect fuel for the extreme hiker or biker, or anyone else who loves a good biscuit. They’re light and fluffy, topped with parsley, thyme, and rosemary, and sell for a mere $3.50 each. You can even add a side of sausage gravy, if you like, or use it as the vessel for a humongous egg and cheese sandwich.