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“Average, SUPER noisy campground.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Harpers Ferry Campground

Harpers Ferry Campground
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1816 Potomac St, County Hwy-28, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425   |  
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Newport News, Virginia
1 review
“Average, SUPER noisy campground.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of friends and I stayed at this campground. We booked an RV site because of the number of people and tents we had. We stayed at the first campsite when you enter into the campground. There was a very friendly guy who was in charge and helped us get settled in. The campsites are right by the river and have a lovely view. The sounds of the water and rapids were nice as well. However, the sound of the train running through every hour and the sounds of people honking their horn because of a one way bridge just up the road definitely hampered the experience. The train tracks are RIGHT next to the campsite. I'm a heavy sleeper, so it didn't bother me too much. But a couple of my friends weren't and woke up a couple of times during the night. So prepare to bring ear plugs, hike a lot so you can just crash at night, or look else where. There is a zipline above the campground as well, and ever so often you would have large groups of people zipping through.

The campsites are right next to each other and close to one another. There's not too much privacy. The fire pit area does not have a grill topper, so prepare to bring something else to cook food with. My friend had brought a metal dish dryer and we used that to grill on top of the fire pit/fire wood. You can't bring firewood into the campground, but you can use whatever dead wood you find there. And they do sell firewood for $10 a bundle. Bathrooms are close by and pretty decent. They have showers as well. There's electricity hookup and running water.

You can hike into town and to the start of the Maryland Heights Trail from here which was super convenient so we didn't have to deal with parking. It's not too bad of a campsite, but the excessive noise and lack of privacy bring down the experience.

Stayed April 2015, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I wish the person that organized this camping trip had read these reviews prior to our visit, but oh well! We learned the hard way that there is a VERY active railroad system very close to the "campground," which I quote because it feels more like we just pitched a tent on the side of a road. I will give credit and say that the river view is awesome, but that's the end of the highlights. The campsites are lined up in a row so there is no privacy- be prepared if you have noisy neighbors- and there is CONSTANT horn honking from people going through a nearby one lane bridge... Between that and the train though, you can make one heck of a drinking game! You can buy overpriced ice and firewood from the caretaker, which is convenient, and the toilets are in a trailer; they're decent. The bathrooms/showers up a giant steep hill were gross. Everything was wet and dirty, which would be expected on a campground, but somehow this was extra gross. I would not stay at this site again. Just too noisy.
Pro tip: the river can get too shallow for water activities like tubing and rafting, but no one will warn you! Try to judge the river depth before you head out... It's a very rocky trip otherwise.

Stayed September 2014, traveled with friends
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

First time taking our family to an RV campground so can't compare to anything else. Staff were all very nice. Bathrooms were not very clean. River access was great. Loved the beautiful scenery. We stayed two nights. I didn't hear the train night one but heard it quite a bit the second night. Our kids loved exploring the creeks. The rv sites were very close together.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My family and I stayed at the campground for 4 days. I found the campsite to be very nice, the river was wonderful and easy to access, The train is close but not 50 ft away and honestly after a while you don't even notice it. Also they tell you when you reserve that there is noise, so if you are a light sleeper bring earplugs. I was looking for a primitive campground and I found it.. If people want luxury camping accommodations, maybe they should find a resort. All in all it met all of my expectations and my family has a wonderful time with a weekend full of memories.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Camped here for 2 nights and it wasnt a very restful stay. In fact, it was the most noisy campground I'd ever been to: freight trains coming through campground multiple times per hour, people on zip line passing by overhead, every car honking horns as they passed through the bridge underpass just outside the campground, and multiple large groups of campers partying loudly till well after midnight despite the 10:30pm quiet time curfew (no acknowledgement or consequences by campground administration). The facilities are a choice of either stinky porta-potties or a new bathhouse with 3 toilet/shower rooms that appear to not have been cleaned since they opened; and they are located up a large steep hill. Theres a handicapped stall in it but I doubt anyone in that predicament would be able to make it up that hill. Will most likely never choose to stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Asheville, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The train noise is absolutely horrible. I will never stay at this campground ever again. This site is 20 feet away from 2 heavily used tracks that have freight trains pass by every 45 minutes or so. The sites are crowded and look very unnatural. I would be embarrassed for renting out sites with this much noise pollution. There is a line in their campsite disclaimer about train noise. Wow i didn't realize i would be woken up a dozen times throughout the night. If you end up going to this site, you will write a review similar to mine. Beware!!!!!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hollywood, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

if you are content with a very austere site, no wash facilities or anything else within a few miles and are content to sleep with earplugs then this is a good site, very close to the beautiful river. There must be better nearby without the noise and I can't believe this is the best in Harpers Ferry.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Harpers Ferry Campground

Address: 1816 Potomac St, County Hwy-28, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Location: United States > West Virginia > Harpers Ferry
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Harpers Ferry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only one hour from the Washington, DC and Baltimore Metro regions, waterfront camping on the Potomac River in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia where Maryland and Virginia meet. Pontoon boats, fishing boats, water skiing, wake boarding and jet skis are welcome. With primitive sites, you can pitch your tent and tie your boat up out front. Bring your RV as well as we've added electrical hook-ups for 2013 and are working on water and sewer. It is a beautiful unique location. ... more   less 

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