Temporary recreational closures due to US 340 rockslide stabilization workBeginning September 12, 2023, rockslide stabilization work along US 340 will require closure of climbing routes in Virginia and West Virginia east of Chestnut Hill Road. This closure will last throughout the work, which is expected to last 90 days. Individuals crossing the US 340 bridge over the Shenandoah may experience intermittent delays of up to 30 minutes.
Where can I climb in Harpers Ferry?
The cliff faces within Harpers Ferry National Historical Park are widely considered to be some of the best climbing in the area, drawing visitors to the cliffs each year. Within the park, there is a broad range of rock types, as well as a broad range of climbing, including traditional, top rope, belay, lead climbing and bouldering.
From February 15 to July 31, 2023, portions of Maryland Heights, including several climbing areas and rock outcroppings near the overlook, will be closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Learn more. UPDATE: the closure has been removed as of August 1, 2023.
Regulations and Guidelines
Development of Climbing Management Plan
The park is developing a climbing management plan to provide the framework to manage rock climbing and related activities within Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Learn more about the process on our Climbing Management Plan page.
Last updated: September 6, 2023