The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation recently launched "Find Your Park," a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for the next 100 years.
In conjunction with the "Find Your Park" campaign, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has introduced a new program, "Hike Harpers Ferry," to encourage park visitors to explore the heritage and dramatic landscapes of the park.
Beginning on April 19, 2015, ten park trails are being highlighted. From the leisurely Bolivar Heights Trail with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the more strenuous Loudoun Heights with views of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, there is something for everyone!
A free poster, ideal for framing, is available in the Park Bookshop on Shenandoah Street. Stop in and begin collecting commemorative decals for all ten park hiking trails.
Help America find a park! Share a photo of your favorite park trail and tag it #FindYourPark.
About Park Trails
For detailed information regarding the park trails at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and to download individual trail maps, please visit the Hikes page on the park's website.
Below are brief descriptions and a vista from each of the ten trails in the Hike Harpers Ferry program.
Virginius Island and Hall Island Trails
About 2 miles round-trip
Caution: Active Railroad Tracks
Highlights include: wayside exhibit; Shenandoah River; riparian forest; spring wildflowers; ruins of mills, turbines, and waterworks; site of John Hall's Rifle Works.
Connects to the Appalachian Trail, Camp Hill, and Shenandoah trails.
Murphy-Chambers Farm Trail
Easy to moderate
1-3 miles (with side trails) round-trip
30 minutes - 2 hours
Highlights include: wayside exhibits; farm field and forest; mountain views; Shenandoah River overlook; cannons; former site of the John Brown Fort, Niagara Movement's 1906 pilgrimage, Confederate 1862 flanking maneuver, and Union earthworks.
Bolivar Heights Trails
Easy to moderate
0.3 - 2.4 miles (with side trails) round-trip
15 minutes - 1 hour
Highlights include: Blue Ridge views; field and forest; Potomac River water gap; Shenandoah Valley; 1862 surrender site; cannons; earthworks
Access to Schoolhouse Ridge North, but watch for traffic when crossing Bakerton Road.