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Things To Do In Harpers Ferry


Downtown Harpers Ferry Mainstreet

Whether you are looking for quiet beauty or a place alive with shadows of history, you will find it in this village at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Enjoy the spectacular energy of the rivers cutting through the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the charming old town filled with people obviously enjoying themselves that will make you want to come back. Downtown Harpers Ferry and the Harpers Ferry National Park offer a wide variety of quaint shops and eateries.

Premier Outlets in Hagerstown, Maryland

Premier Outlets provides more than 450,000 square feet of famous brand names at great prices. You will find more than 100 designer and specialty outlet stores featuring men's, women's and children's apparel, house wares, electronics, gifts, shoes and other accessories. (45 minutes from Harpers Ferry)


Visit the oldest town in West Virginia and the site of James Rumsey's first successful demonstration of a steam powered boat in 1787. Shepherdstown was an open-air hospital during the Civil War, especially after the Battle of Antietam. It is home to the Contemporary American Theater Festival and the Rumsey Regatta Festival. This quaint town is popular for its trendy shops, jewelry stores, art galleries, bakeries, and restaurants. For more information contact the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786.


Wilderness Voyageurs


Ohiopyle, PA

2.5 hrs from Harpers Ferry

Class 3-4 rapids

Bike tours from ½ to week long


Old Opera House Theatre Co

Charles Town, WV 25414

(304) 725-4420

Shepherdstown Opera House

131 West German Street

Shepherdstown, WV, 25443

Events – 304.876.3704

Box Office – 304.885.0051

Maryland Theatre

21 S. Potomac St.

Hagerstown MD 21740

(301) 790-2000


Locust Hill

278 St. Andrews Drive

Charles Town, WV 25414

(304) 728-7300

The Club at Cress Creek

100 Cress Creek Dr

Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Parks & Preserves


Harpers Ferry National Park

Take a walk through time as you visit the historical town of Harpers Ferry. This unique place made its mark when abolitionist John Brown staged his raid on the U.S. Arsenal there setting off a chain of events that resulted in the Civil War. The park is actually a collection of many small museums created within original buildings. It is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail, and it has many beautiful hiking trails. It offers a schedule of events all year long, with costumed interpreters providing daily tours throughout the summer and on weekends in the fall and spring. Visit the sight where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers converge and Jefferson Rock. There is something for everyone to experience. Educational & Group Tours welcome. Handicapped accessible.

sunset over the mountains

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

From Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail wanders the ridges and valleys of the Appalachian mountain ranges for more than 2,174 miles.

The Appalachian Trail passes through the historic town of Harpers Ferry, within just a quarter-mile of the ATC headquarters and visitor center, providing opportunities to explore the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and its interpretive exhibits.


From the north, the Appalachian Trail enters West Virginia at Harpers Ferry by way of a footbridge over the Potomac River. As it leaves the town heading south, the Appalachian Trail follows a wooded ridge above the Shenandoah River, passing Jefferson Rock overlook, with impressive views of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. Next it crosses the Shenandoah River, ascending the Blue Ridge at Loudoun Heights, and straddling the Virginia-West Virginia border for the next fifteen miles.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Stretching 184.5 miles along the Potomac River between Washington, D.C. and Cumberland, Maryland, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park preserves remains of America’s colorful canal era. For nearly a century, the C&O Canal was the lifeline for communities and businesses along the Potomac, as coal, lumber, grain, and other agricultural products gently floated down the canal to market. This magnificent water highway linked the rapidly growing west to the east and played an important role in the growth and development of our country. Hiking and biking along the towpath are excellent ways to see the park.

Potomac Heritage National Trail

The designation of a Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail corridor in 1983, an amendment to the National Trails System Act, is being used by communities in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania to develop and make connections among trails, historic sites and a range of recreational and educational opportunities.

Berkeley Springs State Park

Berkeley Springs State Park is located in the center of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The Bathhouse first opened in 1930. Since then, thousands have enjoyed the variety of baths and treatments in the warm mineral waters that flow from the springs at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees Fahrenheit. The springs discharge from five principle sources and numerous lesser ones, all within a hundred yards, approximately 2,000 gallons of clear, sparkling water per minute.

Washington Heritage Trail

A world of enchantment awaits you along the Washington Heritage Trail, in West Virginia’s scenic Eastern Panhandle. Discover places where George Washington slept, the nation’s first warm springs spa, and a notorious female Confederate spy.

Yankauer Nature Preserve

This 104-acre refuge is operated by The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia and The Potomac Valley Audubon Society, offering nature trails, bird-watching, public events, and a summer camp for youngsters.

Antietam National Battlefield

General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North culminated with the Battle of Antietam, in Maryland (or Sharpsburg, as the South called it). The battle took place on Wednesday, September 17, 1862, just 18 days after the Confederate victory at Second Manassas, 40 miles to the southeast in Virginia.

Not only was this the first major Civil War engagement on Northern soil, it was also the bloodiest single day battle in American history.

Cacapon State Park

A destination resort with lodge, cabins, conference facilities, family restaurant, a lake for fishing, boating and swimming, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones. Miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding. On Rt. 522, 9 miles south of Berkeley Springs. 

Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area

Sleepy Creek is a haven for rustic camping, hiking, fishing and hunting (wild turkey is the featured game species). The area, which also has a 205-acre lake, a boat launch and a rifle range, is traversed by a section of the challenging 250-mile Tuscarora Trail. Located 11 miles west of Martinsburg and 6 miles southeast of Berkeley Springs. No gas-powered boats.


Not only was this the first major Civil War engagement on Northern soil, it was also the bloodiest single day battle in American history.