We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6298
Website
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking, White-water rafting
Description: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is indeed one of the crown jewels...
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is indeed one of the crown jewels in the National Park Service. Covering over 4,000 acres in 3 states (WV, VA and MD) at the scenic confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers and the Potomac River water gap through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Park features an amazing diversity of American History all in one place: Great figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, "Stonewall" Jackson, JEB Stuart, Philip Sheridan, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kate Field and many others swirl around Harpers Ferry like a whirlwind! The C&O Canal National Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail all converge at Harpers Ferry NHP. Twenty miles of hiking trails in the Park offer more than a one weekend getaway. Local private businesses offer whitewater rafting, tubing, fishing and many outdoor activities, along with dining and overnight accommodations. Come visit beautiful Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and be swept away by the mountains, the rivers and the history for a visit you and your family will long remember!
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 722 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 519
    Excellent
  • 164
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Lots of History

Depending what type of history that you're looking for, Harpers Ferry has it. From George Washington to the American Civil War and beyond, it can be found at Harpers Ferry.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Kim S
,
York, Pennsylvania
Add Photo Write a Review

722 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
York, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Depending what type of history that you're looking for, Harpers Ferry has it. From George Washington to the American Civil War and beyond, it can be found at Harpers Ferry.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Had a fabulous time. It is quaint & picturesque. Lots of opportunities to learn about the past. Well-managed. Do not miss if you are in West VA

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Level Contributor
34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

From the interesting park employees at the visitor center to the quaint town area of Harpers Ferry, we enjoyed it all. Parked at the visitors center and rode the bus down to the town area where we took the horse and buggy tour by the Shenandoah River. Our guide shared many quaint stories with us. After our tour we walked... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Level Contributor
53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We spent a night here while biking from Pittsburgh to DC. The views from the pedestrian bridge over the river coming from the C&O Canal Towpath, and from the park in downtown Harpers Ferry are simply breathtaking. The "lower" town has shops, restaurants, etc. We didn't have time to do much in the way of enjoying the history.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ohio
Level Contributor
26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very cute and quaint little town, so much history. There's a lot to see and do here, if you do come make sure you wear your walking shoes as there is a lot of walking. There's a lot of hills too!! Would highly recommend going to see!!! There's is parking at the visitors center and it costs $10 per car... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I don't know where to start. There is so much to do. Museums, hikes, walks, food, history. I do not know how I could review everything. It surely was beautiful and the museums and buildings have been well maintained. It can be done as a day trip from DC, Baltimore and Philly as well. If you're into hiking, there are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
69 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We spent about two hours talking to the staff and summer interns. It was raining hard - so it was relatively quiet and we got most of the staff to ourselves. The interns were wonderful and friendly and attentive to the kids. We learn so much at the national parks and the staff is always the best part!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Level Contributor
223 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

There is something very special about this park. I spent 16 years as an NPS employee and have seen many parks but this one is one of my favorites. Its beautiful first of all. The mountains and the rivers surround you. It has so much history in addition to nature that there is something for everyone here. This was the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Hollywood, Maryland, United States
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

So much history is tied up in this small town that has endured so much! Such a beautiful setting- with the Shenandoah River merging into the Potomac River. What rugged beauty. Great Day trip, besides being 94 degrees, it was very HOT.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Charlottesville, VA
Level Contributor
24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We only visited the old town area of the park and loved the fact that the town has been rebuilt to that era and has liviing history opportunities. Many of the old houses are now museums (some are somewhat musty and limited) but they help set the mood for the history. The John Brown museum was by far the best... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Harpers Ferry National Historical Park also viewed

 

Been to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Address: Address: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6298
Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Harpers Ferry
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
1 month ago
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 months ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?