Temporary Suspension of Reference Collection Research
Due to preservation and maintenance work scheduled for the park archives and research room/library space, new public research requests will not be filled from June 1st to at least January 30th, 2014.
Change in Park Hours
Beginning November 1, the park will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last shuttle bus departing Lower Town at 5:15 p.m. More »
Trees and Shrubs
Since 70% of the park is forested, it is no surprise that a wide variety of tree and shrub species occur here. Chestnut oak (Quercus prinus) is usually the dominant tree in the forest canopy on rocky soils of higher ridges such as MarylandHeights. Black oak (Quercus velutina) is also important on south, west, and east-facing slopes. Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) is found with chestnut oak on rocky, north-facing slopes, where eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) was formerly prominent [see Pest subheading]. Red maple (Acer rubrum), black gum (Nyssa sylvatica), and flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) are frequent understory trees, while mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata), Blue Ridge blueberries (Vaccinium pallidum)and deerberry (V. stamineum), and mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) are common shrubs.
Did You Know?
Thomas Jefferson visited Harpers Ferry in 1783 and wrote "The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature."