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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
In eastern West Virginia, in Harpers Ferry
John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 thrust this small West Virginia town into national prominence. Located at the scenic confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, the park includes 2,500 acres in the states of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. A variety of museums, exhibits, and trails illustrate the six nationally significant themes interpreted here—natural environment, industry, the Brown raid, the Civil War, African-American history, and transportation—and how they are connected. Harpers Ferry was designated as a national monument in 1944 and changed to a national historical park in 1968.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Fishing, hiking, picnicking, rock climbing, visiting museums and exhibits. Facilities: Visitor center (Cavalier Heights District) and visitor information center (Lower Town District); museums, exhibits, trails with wayside exhibits. Bookstore, picnic area. Programs & Events: Ranger-guided tours (Memorial Day-Labor Day), concerts (June-Sept.), living-history programs (June-Oct.). Independence Celebration, Christmas Celebration. Tips & Hints: Stay on trails. Go in fall for foliage. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: None in park. In Harpers Ferry: KOA (near park entrance, U.S. 340, tel. 304/535-6895; 250 sites, 36 cabins, 4 lodges; $30-$42, $50-$135 cabins, $110 lodges; flush toilets, showers, hookups). Hotels: None in park. In Harpers Ferry: Cliffside Inn (U.S. 340, tel. 304/535-6302; 100 rooms; $79-$115). X Restaurants: None in park. In Harpers Ferry: Anvil (I270 Washington St., tel. 304/535-2582; $5-$20). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Charles Town: Wal-Mart Superstore (96 Patrick Henry Way, tel. 304/728-2720).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $3 per person for walk-ins and cyclists, $5 per vehicle. Rock-climbing registration required at ranger station. West Virginia, Maryland, or Virginia state fishing license required. No hunting. No bikes or motorized or mechanized equipment on trails. Leashed pets only. Park open daily. Visitor center open daily 8-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
In the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, 65 mi northwest of Washington, DC, and 20 mi southwest of Frederick, Maryland, via U.S. 340. Closest airport: Dulles (50 mi).
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425, tel. 304/535-6223, fax 304/535-6244). Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce (Box 426, Charles Town, WV 25414, tel. 304/725-2055).
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Detailed information for visitors about the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park In eastern West Virginia, in Harpers Ferry