Harpers Ferry

View of Harpers Ferry West Virginia from Maryland Heights Trail

One of "The Best Places to Visit in 2019 Before They Get Too Popular" 

—Readers Digest

According to Readers Digest, "If a tech-free escape is on your agenda, skip the usual suspects (no disrespect to Yosemite and Yellowstone) and set your sights on Harpers Ferry. Mountains, rivers, and rolling hills set the stage for outdoor endeavors."


Harpers Ferry immerses you in history and nature. The two combine seamlessly inside Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Start here with a ranger-guided tour of the U.S. Armory and Arsenal held by John Brown and his army for three fiery days in 1859. Next, walk the campus of erstwhile Storer College, where a forerunner to the NAACP was shaped. Just steps from landmark sites such as these, epic hikes await: Cross the footbridge over the Potomac River to trace the historic towpath along the scenic C&O Canal, once the lifeline of communities in the region. Drop into the heart of the Appalachian Trail, where challenging climbs are rewarded with panoramas of the mystic Blue Ridge Mountains and the Potomac and Shenandoah river valleys below. Now that’s a way to discover it all.  

The Potomac and Shenandoah rivers create a world of adventure within Harpers Ferry. Spend a leisurely day plying placid waters on a stand-up paddleboard – or conquering raging, class-III rapids. River Riders can help you arrange either excursion or something different altogether, such as a zip-line tour through the verdant tree canopy. Like to fish? Angler’s Inn will guide you in an unforgettable day of trout-fishing in national forest streams, or angling for smallmouth bass on the town’s legendary rivers. (You can later retire to the outfitter’s Victorian-era bed-and-breakfast.)   

When you’re ready to wind down, walk historic downtown Harpers Ferry to browse distinctive shops and enjoy a meal at one of the many inviting cafés. And their ghost tour, steeped in Harpers Ferry history, is positively thrilling. 

The Town of Bolivar is adjacent to the town of Harpers Ferry, and surrounded by the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Stroll down Washington Street for a homemade lunch or dinner at the Anvil Restaurant or The Country Cafe. If you prefer a vegan meal, check out Kelley Farm Kitchen. Spend the night at the Jackson Rose Bed & Breakfast also on Washington Street. Circa 1795,the Federal-style home offers three comfortable and quaint accommodations, warm hospitality and lavish breakfasts. 

Harpers Ferry was also voted "Best Town for History" by the readers of WV Living for the sixth consecutive year.

For more information on Historic Harpers Ferry, visit us at http://historicharpersferry.com/hff/

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Ranger
Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers Harpers ferry
John Brown Armory
Harpers Ferry shop