Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

The view of Harpers Ferry

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Harpers Ferry is a national historic park known for John Brown's attack on slavery and the largest surrender of Federal troops during the American Civil War. A day trip or weekend getaway to this region is a great way to combine a love of history and nature. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park covers over 2,300 acres and crosses into three states: West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia. Visitors can enjoy a variety of scenic hiking trails and explore the historic town which offers ranger-guided tours, museums, restaurants and craft shops.


The historic town of Harpers Ferry is located along U.S. Route 340 in Jefferson County, West Virginia, about 90 minutes from Washington, DC. Three states, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland meet in the area. See a map. Public transportation is available by Amtrak or MARC Rail.


Hours: The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Entrance Fees:
Vehicle Pass - $6.00 per vehicle
Individual Pass - $4.00 per person arriving on foot or bicycle

Guided Tours: Available in the fall, winter and spring

Shuttle Transportation: A shuttle is available from the Park Visitor Center to the Lower Town District.


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