• 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

Things To Do

Visitors attending special lantern lit program at John Brown's Fort

Visitors attending special lantern lit program at John Brown's Fort

(NPS Photo/Cook)

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park offers a wide variety of activities for individuals and families. Explore museums and exhibits, hike to overlooks or along Civil War skirmish lines, join a ranger-guided tour or sign-up for a living history workshop. Shop at the Harpers Ferry Historical Association's Bookshop for books, artwork, postcards, and items for kids of all ages. Talk to rangers and volunteers at the Visitor Center and Information Center who will assist you and answer any questions you may have. Visit us soon and discover your Harpers Ferry.

For more information on Things to Do at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, please see the descriptions and links below. As always, if you have any questions please contact the Visitor Center at 304-535-6298 or email us.

Living History Workshops

Our living history and historic trades rangers, in partnership with the Harpers Ferry Historical Association, offer workshops throughout the year which focus upon 19th century trades and skills. Workshops may include cooking, blacksmithing, tin-making, or gardening. To learn more about the workshops' topics, registration, and prices, please see the Living History Workshops page.

 

Guided Tours

For information regarding the park's current ranger-guided tour times and other guided programs, please visit the Guided Tours page.

 

Schedule of Events

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park hosts numerous special events throughout the year including living history artillery demonstrations, presidential visits from Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, Civil War commemorative events, and much more. Check out the calendar and this year's downloadable events document at our Schedule of Events page.

 

Nearby Attractions

Several other national park sites and heritage areas are in close proximity to Harpers Ferry. To learn more about these sites and find links to their websites, please visit the Nearby Attractions page.

 

Hikes

Did you know the park has over 20 miles of hiking trails? The trails vary from easy, riverside strolls to four-mile hikes across Civil War battlefields to eight-mile adventures on the tops of mountains. To learn more about the park's various trails and to download trail maps, please visit the Hikes page on our website.

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.