This is a small (33 beds plus campground) seasonal (spring, summer, autumn) hostel. Groups can rent the entire hostel during the winter as well as during the "season."
Clean, good hot water, and comfortable beds. The kitchen is immaculate. The common room/living room is comfortable and inviting. A computer with free WiFi and board games are available in the common room with its impressive 19th century fireplace.
Breakfast is usually hostel guest made pancakes from a batter prepared by the hostel manager. Juice, milk, coffee, additional breakfast foods are available usually free. Snack foods are available for a price.
Of note is the "Rosie the Riveter" Room and the family bedroom in addition to the normal hostel dorm rooms. The "Rosie the Riveter" room is dedicated to the many women who worked in local and national manufacturing plants during World War II. A number of these women were instrumental in founding this hostel.
There is a horse shoe pitch; frisbee, volleyball, or badminton equipment for use by the hostel guests.
Harpers Ferry is a National Historic Park. Gettysburg & other U. S. Civil War battle sites are near by.
If you are arriving via foot or bike from either the Appalachian Trail or the C&O Canal Trail, exit the Appalachian Trial/C&O Canal at mile post 59 C&O Canal, (US 340) and make your way, .3 mi./.3 km. to the hostel. You will have to very carefully cross the railroad tracks at US 340 and turn east on to Sandy Hook Rd. This is a main line railroad with at least 17 trains per day. You will not hear the trains at the Hostel, trees & other vegetation block the sound. You will have to climb a hill. If you've come this far on either trail then this hill is a piece of cake! See directions on the HI Harpers Ferry Hostel web page.
There are shuttle services from Harpers Ferry, WV, just across the confluence of the Potomac & Shenandoah Rivers from Knoxville MD. The Hostel itself does not have a shuttle service unless some hostel guest with a car is willing to pick up hikers or bicyclists.
There is MARC (Brunswick Line) & Amtrak transportation from Washington DC. There is very limited or no municipal bus service between the Hostel & Harpers Ferry, WV/towns in Maryland or Virginia and the Hostel. This lack of municipal bus routes is a failing of the USA's public bus system.
The current resident manager, L. S., is very efficient and accommodating. The hostel is a one person (the manager) plus a half or quarter time staff person operation. Make certain you clean up after yourself, as all hostels throughout the world request hostel guests to do. She does not have an automobile.
The hostel office has limited hours. Check the HIusa.org web site.
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