There are three major activities which visitors spending time in Harpers Ferry frequently engage in: hiking, rafting, and biking.  The area is known for being one of the few city stops along the Appalachian Trail , a famous trans-continental trail which extends from Georgia all the way up to Maine .  It is also known for being located on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers which offer a variety of different water activities including rafting, tubing, kayaking, and canoeing, of which white water rafting is the most famous.  It is also along the fabulous C&O Canal and towpath which reaches from Washington D.C. to Cumberland and is a favorite of bikers.

The Appalachian Trail is a trail hiked, in whole or in part, by hundreds of hikers each year.   It runs right through Harpers Ferry and is an excellent location to spend a day doing some local hiking.   Camping is another option along this trail and mountain biking is possible in some areas.   For additional information, see .


Along the Shenandoah and Potomac , travelers go White Water Rafting on guided tours.  River & Trail Outfitters, Historical River Tours ( , and River Riders ( are three locations to look for guides.  Similar activities engaged in on the river include canoeing, kayaking and tubing. 

For those visitors who are interested in engaging in more leisurely activity, a good place to begin searching is through the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department ( ).   Through this department, visitors can obtain information about basketball, baseball and other team activities in the local area.

Visitor information is also available from the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Tourism and Harpers Ferry National Park

Detailed information about biking the C&O Canal can be found at Bike Washington.