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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Browse exhibitions, hike across Civil War battlefields and take part in cooking, blacksmithing and tin-making workshops at this historic park.

Spend a day at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park exploring family-friendly attractions and learn about the region’s role in early American life and the Civil War. The park encompasses over 3,600 acres (1,500 hectares) across West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia and contains several museums, historic buildings, Civil War battle sites and trails.

Wander through the lower part of the town of Harpers Ferry, where exhibits are housed in historic buildings. At the John Brown Wax Museum, find out about the failed raid led by the famous abolitionist John Brown. He planned to steal weapons for use in a slave rebellion, but he was caught, tried and ultimately hanged. The incident was a key catalyst for the Civil War.

Join a ranger-guided tour to hear more about the region’s history. Routes and topics covered on these tours change regularly so check ahead on the website to see what is happening during your visit. Alternatively, embark on a guided horse-and-wagon tour, which is available for an additional fee.

Head off independently to walk along scenic hiking trails. More than 20 miles (32 kilometers) of trails crisscross the park and range from gentle riverside strolls to challenging mountain treks. Some routes lead past Civil War battle sites and others merge with sections of the famous Appalachian Trail or the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park footpath. As you hike, be alert for geese, turtles and beavers and try to spot Civil War cannons.

Workshops focusing on historic trades are also held in the park. Book spots in advance if you want to participate. Discover old-fashioned recipes at cooking classes or hone your skills at a tinware workshop.

Harpers Ferry is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Purchase a pass for the park at the Harpers Ferry National Park Visitor Center south of town. Consider parking at the visitor center as spaces in town are extremely limited. A shuttle bus operates between here and the town.


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Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry - Charles Town $76
Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry - Charles Town

Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry - Charles Town

4328 William L Wilson Fwy, Harpers Ferry, WV
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Harpers Ferry, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Civil War Living History Museum and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Bolivar Heights Scenic Overlook and Nash Farm are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Town's Inn $99
    Town's Inn

    Town's Inn

    179 High Street, PO Box 1412, Harpers Ferry, WV
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Harpers Ferry, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of John Brown Wax Museum and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. John Brown's Fort and Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters are also within 10 minutes. Harpers Ferry Station is only a 2-minute walk.

      Lily Garden Bed and Breakfast
      Lily Garden Bed and Breakfast

      Lily Garden Bed and Breakfast

      701 Washington St, At McDowell St, Harpers Ferry, WV
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the waterfront, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters, John Brown's Fort, and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Civil War Living History Museum and Lockhouse 33 are also within 2 mi (3 km). Harpers Ferry Station is 10 minutes by foot.

        Family-friendly, Centrally Located, Quiet, Updated, Historic Home Built in 1890
        Family-friendly, Centrally Located, Quiet, Updated, Historic Home Built in 1890

        Family-friendly, Centrally Located, Quiet, Updated, Historic Home Built in 1890

        Harpers Ferry, WV
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Harpers Ferry, this historic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. John Brown Wax Museum and John Brown's Fort are also within 15 minutes. Harpers Ferry Station is 9 minutes by foot.

          Quality Inn $84
          Quality Inn

          Quality Inn

          25 Union St, Harpers Ferry, WV
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of John Brown Wax Museum and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Maryland Heights and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races are also within 9 mi (15 km). Harpers Ferry Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Carriage Suite Location Private Lily Garden BnB
            Carriage Suite Location Private Lily Garden BnB

            Carriage Suite Location Private Lily Garden BnB

            Harpers Ferry, WV
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Harpers Ferry, this historic bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. John Brown Wax Museum and John Brown's Fort are also within 15 minutes. Harpers Ferry Station is 10 minutes by foot.

              Cantuta Inn $120
              Cantuta Inn

              Cantuta Inn

              1117 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Nash Farm and John Brown Wax Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Harpers Ferry Station is 17 minutes by foot.

                The Hillside Hotel
                The Hillside Hotel

                The Hillside Hotel

                19105 Keep Tryst Road, Knoxville, MD
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Knoxville, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maryland Heights, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and John Brown Wax Museum. Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters and Breaux Vineyards are also within 9 mi (15 km).