Places To Go

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.

Visitor Center in winter
Visitor Center in winter, NPS Photo/Cook

Visitor Center

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.

view of Shenandoah Street in the Fall season from the second floor of the John Brown Museum
View of Shenandoah Street in the fall season from the second floor of the John Brown Museum, NPS Photo/Hammer

Lower Town

Lower Town is the most visited area of the park. Historic buildings along Shenandoah, High, and Potomac streets house park museums, exhibits, the park information center, and bookshop. Some of the popular places to visit in Lower Town are John Brown's Fort and The Point.

landscape showing flowering trees, an artillery piece, and a brick church; a sunset is in the distance
Springtime on Camp Hill, NPS Photo/Hammer

Camp Hill

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.

an artillery piece on the fall landscape; in the distance is a gap in the mountains
View from Bolivar Heights in the fall, NPS Photo/Volunteer B. Marman

Bolivar Heights

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.

close up of grain growing on the farm, the farmhouse and mountains barely peek over the grasses
Grain growing on Murphy-Chambers Farm, NPS Photo/M. Boyce

Murphy-Chambers Farm

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.

snow covered landscape, showing sycamore trees along a historic canal and a wooden bridge spanning the canal
Bridge to Virginius Island in winter, NPS Photo/Volunteer H. Mills

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

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Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-6029

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