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Scenic Overlook View at Harper's Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, is like stepping into the past.  Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. Spend a day or a weekend.  We have something for everyone, so come and discover Harpers Ferry!

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Hours

The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last shuttle bus departing Lower Town at 5:45 p.m. and closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Vehicle Pass - $10.00 per single, private vehicle (excludes group tours and 7+ passenger vans)

Individual Pass - $5.00 per person arriving on foot or bicycle

There are some fee-free days as well as participating discount programs. Please see the website for more details.

Activities

Visit our many museums and exhibits, hike our trails, join a ranger-guided tour or just tour on your own. The Harpers Ferry Historical Association's Bookshop has a great supply of books, artwork, postcards and items for kids of all ages.

Picnicking is allowed in the designated picnicking area adjacent to the Cavalier Heights Visitor Center parking facility. This area is open on a first-come, first serve basis. Please note open fires, grills and alcohol are not permitted anywhere in the park.

History

Thye history of Harper's Ferry has few parallels in the American drama. It is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It is multi-layered - involving a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.

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Last updated: March 15, 2021
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