Harpers Ferry West Virginia

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Harpers Ferry is a small town in West Virginia, rich in history, culture, scenery, and outdoor recreation.

Harpers Ferry West Virginia is located at the confluence of the North Branch Potomac River and the Shenandoah River. This small town's unique geographic location has been an important influence in its history, culture, and popularity. Over the centuries, Harpers Ferry has been tempered by floods, fires, civil war battles, and other historic events.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a sprawling complex of historical sites, woodlands, and riverfront properties in West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia. The park has over 20 miles of hiking trails

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is intersected by the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

whitetail deer
whitetail deer

Harpers Ferry Books

Harpers Ferry: The History of the Federal Armory that Became One of America's Most Famous Nationa...

*Includes pictures *Includes historic accounts of Harpers Ferry's history, including John Brown's raid and Stonewall Jackson's 1862 occupation *Includes online resources and a b...

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011A Library Journal Top Ten Best Books of 2011A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown la...

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Harpers Ferry : Images of America, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, sits in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of two rivers, the Potomac and Shenandoah. Without the influence of John Brown and...

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Harpers Ferry West Virginia is a key stop along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Home to restaurants, cafes, and specialty shops, this friendly town offers Appalachian Trail hikers a chance to rest and buy supplies before heading back out on their trek.

North Branch Potomac
North Branch Potomac

The North Branch Potomac River

The North Branch Potomac is one of two mighty rivers that converge at Harpers Ferry. The river is a major attraction for fishermen, rafters, tubing enthusiasts, campers, and others. Popular stretches along the North Branch Potomac River include the Needles, White Horse Rapids, and many more.

Harpers Ferry Festivals

Festivals are among of the town's most popular annual events. Popular festivals in and near Harpers Ferry include the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival, Mountain Heritage Festivals (spring and fall), African American Heritage Festival, and others.

View of the Shenandoah River
View of the Shenandoah River

The Shenandoah River

The Shenandoah River flows for more than 50 miles before converging with the North Branch Potomac at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. During periods of low water, its shallow shorelines are popular with fishermen, waders, and nature enthusiasts.

Things To Do in Harpers Ferry

Outdoor recreation and other things to do in Harpers Ferry WV

Harpers Ferry is a popular destination for hikers, bikers, fishermen, hunters, campers, birders, paddlesports participants, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Things to do outdoors near Harpers Ferry include:










Exploring Historical Sites



Harpers Ferry Museums

A variety of museums are located near Harpers Ferry, including:

John Brown Wax Museum
Brunswick Heritage Museum
Jefferson County Museum
Civil War Living History Museum
Harpers Ferry Toy Train Museum

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The Famous Sign on Maryland Heights

One of the most famous sites at Harpers Ferry is an advertisement that can be seen high up on Maryland Heights, just across the North Branch Potomac. Painted in the early 1900's, the ad reads "Mennen's Borated Talcum Toilet Powder."

Mennen's Borated Talcum Toilet Powder

Planning a Visit to Harpers Ferry

Before making the trip to Harpers Ferry, visitors may want to do some research in advance. Factors to consider include traffic, weather conditions, river conditions, and special events.

In addition to online sources of information, it is usually helpful to talk to someone with local knowledge.

Sources of travel information include the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center, Jefferson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, local bed and breakfasts, motels, outfitters, and others.

Visitors that plan on exploring the rivers near Harpers Ferry may also want to become familiar with stream gauge data which is available from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Updated: 09/09/2015, north_america
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Veronica on 09/01/2015

What a beautiful location, It confirms to me that we should look after our beautiful world more than we do.

blackspanielgallery on 08/31/2015


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