Within the 3,670 acres of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, there are many places to explore, learn, and enjoy. This page describes areas of the park, links to more information, and features an interactive map of Lower Town.
Places To Go
We recommend you begin your visit at the Visitor Center (located at 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425) to pick up brochures and trail maps and to talk to the rangers about the daily program offerings. From this location you board the park shuttle bus, which will take you to the Lower Town area of the park. In the summer season, the bus also makes a stop at the Bolivar Heights Battlefield area of the park.
Camp Hill is an area of the park that encompasses armory, Civil War, and civil rights stories. Visitors can drive there directly or hike to the area from Lower Town along the Appalachian Trail. If taking the hike, stop by Jefferson Rock to take in the scenery before exploring the former Storer College campus or visiting the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Bolivar Heights is one of the most important Civil War battlefields in West Virginia -- it was the site of the largest surrender of United States troops during the Civil War. Today, from this location, you can walk beside trenches, take a hike in the woods, or enjoy an incredible vista where you can see most of the park areas from one vantage point. Drive to this location on your own, or during the summer take the park shuttle bus.
The Murphy-Chambers Farm offers hiking, history, and spectacular vistas. Walk down a farm lane and through fields and wooded ravines to see views of the Shenandoah River and the surrounding mountains, as well as Civil War cannons, earthworks, and the footprint of the John Brown Fort. Access this park area by driving or by hiking from the Harpers Ferry NHP Visitor Center.
Virginius and Hall's Islands
Explore Virginius and Hall's Islands to discover how nature has reclaimed a place that was once full of factories and mills, canals and homes. Count how many birds, reptiles, and amphibians you see in this park area. Learn what the ruins used to be while strolling along the banks of the Shenandoah River. Walk to this location from Lower Town or from the Harpers Ferry NHP Visitor Center.
Interactive Map of Lower Town
The map below gives you the opportunity to explore Lower Town prior to your visit to Harpers Ferry. Find information about each of the park's buildings, see photos from vista locations, and much more. If you have any questions about the map, please contact us.
Last updated: March 27, 2018