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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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The Town's Inn $110
Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
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The Town's Inn

The Town's Inn

179 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
     
    3.5 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    When we first walked in we were caught off guard by the size. We went to our room to get it together. Reminded ourselves that we are in a 1860's era Inn in a Historic District. The Bistro Next door has gone out of business so that was a bummer. That was it.... from that point on our WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE ...

    Quality Inn $88
    Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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    Quality Inn

    Quality Inn

    25 Union St, Harpers Ferry, WV
       
      4.0 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The halls were dirty when I first got there in the evening, possibly from Appalachian Trail Hikers coming off the trail into the hotel. By early morning, the halls were totally clean!

      Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry - Charles Town $94
      Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019
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      Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry - Charles Town

      Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry - Charles Town

      4328 William L Wilson Fwy, Harpers Ferry, WV
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Friendly staff, great complimentary breakfast, and clean room. No elevator in our building. Older facility.

        Family-friendly, Centrally Located, Quiet, Updated, Historic Home Built in 1890
        Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018
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        Family-friendly, Centrally Located, Quiet, Updated, Historic Home Built in 1890

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

        Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
           
          4.9 of 5
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Everything was great again.

          Lily Garden Bed and Breakfast
          Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
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          Lily Garden Bed and Breakfast

          Lily Garden Bed and Breakfast

          701 Washington St, At McDowell St, Harpers Ferry, WV
             
            4.6 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This is a great place to stay! Shawn is very attentive, helpful & polite. We had a delicious breakfast delivered every morning. If you sit out back during the evening you can enjoy the sound of the fountain at the little pond! There was a bullfrog there when we visited which made the experience even ...

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

            Carriage Suite Location Private Lily Garden BnB

            Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
               
              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
              Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019
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              Cantuta Inn

              Cantuta Inn

              1117 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
                 
                4.5 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Once we left our room we could not lock it. A bit weird. Breakfast was very good. Owners were friendly. Overall it was nice.

                Blue Ridge Beauty and River Excitement
                Reviewed on Nov 24, 2018
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                Blue Ridge Beauty and River Excitement

                Blue Ridge Beauty and River Excitement

                Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
                   
                  4.6 of 5
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                  Located just outside Harpers Ferry, the property offered a great location and plenty of space for 4 of us and our dog. We easily walked into Harpers Ferry (about 5 minutes) and to the Appalachian Trail to hike the Loudon Heights Loop (also about 5 minutes to the trail). Warren was incredibly responsive ...