• Sun beginning to set at Harpers Ferry, as seen from Maryland Heights. Photo by NPS Volunteer Buddy Secor.

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

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?

Robert Harper was granted an exclusive ferry concession in 1861.

Robert Harper operated a ferry across the Potomac River in 1747. His heirs, the Wagers, maintained the operation until 1824 when a bridge was built across the Potomac.