4.8 miles, Half day
This guide consists of family/dog friendly trails. For a shorter hike, you may start at the parking lot under the Route 340 bridge. There is a public restroom located next to the book store and places to sit throughout Shenandoah Street. Enjoy a fun and educational day at Harpers Ferry!
The history of Harpers 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.
Make sure to bring a trail map with you. Trail maps are free and located at the Visitor Center. Bring plenty of fluids and snacks. Feel free to picnic along Harpers Ferry Market area.