• Interior of the John Brown Fort

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

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  • Temporary Suspension of Reference Collection Research

    Due to the park archives and research room/library space move, new public research requests will not be filled until at least May 30th, 2014.

  • Change in Park Hours

    The park is currently open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last shuttle bus departing Lower Town at 5:45 p.m. More »

Scenic Vistas

Murphy Farm Trail

View of the Shenandoah River from the Murphy Farm Trail.

NPS photo

There are many spectacular vistas for visitors to enjoy, including overlooks from each of the three states in which the park is located. In West Virginia, one can hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail on Loudoun Heights to overlook the historic town. From Jefferson Rock, visitors can observe the confluence of the Potomac and ShenandoahRivers. This view of the water gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains was described by Thomas Jefferson as being "one of the most stupendous scenes in nature." Within the lower town of Harpers Ferry, visitors can cross the Potomac River footbridge into Maryland, follow the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP for a short distance, and then take a trail up to the MarylandHeights overlook. At this popular spot, yet another amazing view of Harpers Ferry, the Potomac and ShenandoahRivers, and the Blue Ridge Mountains is available for visitors to enjoy.

Did You Know?

Troops pose for a photo at Harpers Ferry.

Harpers Ferry changed hands 8 times during the Civil War. These Union troops posed for a picture on Camp Hill in Harpers Ferry in October, 1862.