Operational Changes to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
In response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Public Health Service, is modifying park operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
- Outdoor areas
- Hiking trails
- Parking lots at Train Station, River Access (Shenandoah Street) and Cavalier Heights
- Bookstore tent - on Shenandoah Street in Lower Town
- Visitor information tent - on Shenandoah Street in Lower Town
- Museums and exhibits
- Visitor Center
- Entrance station
- Train station
- Shuttle bus service
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Harpers Ferry, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners and volunteers.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders and the following guidelines to #RecreateResponsibly
- Know before you go. Visit NPS.gov/findapark for current park conditions and availability of facilities. Make a plan, and if you are sick, stay home.
- Keep it close. Follow the state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting. The National Park Service is working closely with governors and state and local health departments as we increase access and services across the National Park System. Consider visiting sites you can walk or bike to from your home.
- Keep your distance. Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot. Follow the CDC social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.
- Know your limits. Postpone challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.
- Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited or unavailable in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles.
To see Closure Orders, visit the park's Laws & Policies page