Harpers Ferry Visitor Center Supervisor
A lifelong Marylander, Charissa Hipp began her career with the National Park Service after graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in journalism-public relations. During college she worked as a seasonal park ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, then became a full-time writer-editor and public affairs specialist for the National Park Service at the Department of the Interior.
For the past two decades Charissa worked in tourism marketing and public relations roles in Maryland, and for the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. She’s written extensively for regional publications and tourism blogs. Since 2016, Charissa has also studied forest bathing and nature connection. She often speaks and advocates for the health benefits of time spent in nature.
Charissa became an avid hiker after her children were born, embracing with the Appalachian Trail and the unique community and culture that surround the trail. She started the Maryland Chapter of Girls Who Hike in 2018, empowering women to connect and build community through hiking. Charissa leads nature therapy hikes for local community colleges and wellness groups. She is also a volunteer with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. As the Harpers Ferry Visitor Center Supervisor, she looks forward to sharing stories of people’s connections to the Appalachian Trail and interpreting the trail to visitors.
A wife and mother of three, Charissa lives in Williamsport, MD. She can often be found hiking the A.T. with her daughter and immersing herself in the natural world.