Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Step back in time with a visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.

Calling the state’s Eastern Panhandle home, the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a must-visit among history-lovers and adventurers alike. Marked with a unique history, the park is dotted with museums, battlefields and other iconic landmarks. Answer the call of the past and plan your historic adventure in this storied national historical park. Come see for yourself why this history-rich town has earned mentions from major publications including Lonely Planet, Condé Nast Traveler, Southern Living and BuzzFeed.

The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park offers 22 miles of hiking trails, including a special portion of the Appalachian Trail. Both thru-hikers and day explorers can be found enjoying the section of the Appalachian Trail that passes into Harpers Ferry. Visitors who are view-searching can head along the towpath of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and up to Maryland Heights to get a sweeping, picturesque view of the town below. Located within close proximity to Washington D.C., Harpers Ferry is a destination for visitors to escape the fast-paced city life – even without a car.

Extend Your Visit with an Eastern Panhandle Getaway

This loop through West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle is the perfect route for those seeking historic destinations, relaxing stays and scenic adventure. Begin your trip at the European-inspired Bavarian Inn and end it with a stay at Cacapon Resort State Park. Find adventure along the Appalachian Trail or hit the rapids of the Potomac with River Riders.

Indulge in everything from deluxe spas and award-winning dining, to remarkable American history and unforgettable accommodations—all set against the beautiful, lush backdrop of the Potomac River.

Your Road Trip Awaits

Plan Your Harpers Ferry Adventure


Offering an elevated dining experience, the Rabbit Hole GastroPub is a favorite among both visitors and locals alike. Stop by this fresh spot and enjoy a Wanderdown Cheesesteak or opt for a local brew on tap.

The Almost Heaven Pub and Grill serves up pub style food and locally crafted beer, all within their comfortable indoor or outdoor seating options. The building dates back to the 1830s and has been recently renovated. Just know you don’t have to go far to find delicious flavors. 


The Angler’s Inn is the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of fishing. The spacious bed & breakfast offers gourmet-style breakfast, afternoon refreshments and a large porch to unwind. The Town’s Inn is located just steps away from everything Harpers Ferry has to offer. The quaint 1840s building is the perfect backdrop in this historical town. Between hostels, vacation rentals and bed and breakfasts, you’ll find all the comforts of home in the Eastern Panhandle.  


Walk your way through John Brown’s life and his raid on Harpers Ferry at the John Brown Wax Museum—located in a historic building that was standing during John Brown’s raid. The Barn of Harpers Ferry is a bar and event venue located in a peaceful setting. Here, experience live music, local craft beer and even lodging accommodations.  


Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, check out True Treats Historic Candy, the nation’s only research-based historic candy store specializing in candy from the first in history through the mid-1900s. Sample old-time chocolate or gummy candy. This is one store you can act like a kid in. The Vintage Lady, a unique boutique, offers beautiful jewelry, knickknacks and printed photography. 


Visit “The Point” and gaze upon West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia from where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet. As part of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, this area offers endless hiking, biking and outdoor adventure. Stop by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitors Center to learn more about one of the most popular hiking trails in the world. Rafting and watersports are popular too. Float, paddle and raft your way down the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. And while you’re on the water, cast a line and reel in a smallmouth bass, which are common in this area.


Many prominent figures in American history have visited Harpers Ferry over the years, and Thomas Jefferson once wrote that the view from Harpers Ferry was “one of the most stupendous scenes in nature.” Learn the incredible story of John Brown and his raid on Harpers Ferry at John Brown’s Fort. Visit the spot where John Brown made his stand and helped spark the beginning of the Civil War. Take in the Shenandoah River vista from the steps of the historic St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church atop Harpers Ferry. Learn about the important roles the church has played over the years, including its stint as a hospital during the Civil War.

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