Harpers Ferry

Harper's Ferry lies in the northern corner of the Shenandoah Valley just inside West Virginia.

View of Harpers Ferry from the Maryland side of the Potomac


Nearly half a million people visit the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park each year. Harpers Ferry is mostly known for the confrontation between the abolitionist John Brown and his followers on the one side and federal troops commanded by a certain Robert E Lee on the other side. While the attack in 1859 failed and Brown was hanged shortly thereafter, it is said to have contributed greatly to the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861.

Get in

By car

Harpers Ferry is located at the junction of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, where the states of West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia meet. To reach it, take Interstate 70 to Frederick Maryland, and exit on US 340 west for about 15 miles.

By train

The Harpers Ferry train station is served by several weekday MARC commuter trains to Washington D.C., operated by the Maryland Transit Administration. Amtrak Capitol Limited trains also stop in Harpers Ferry.


Harpers Ferry is a town directly located along the Appalachian Trail, as well as the C & O Canal trail. Located at a crossroads of these two trails, it is an extremely popular starting or ending point for backpackers completing sections of either trail.



During River Riders' guided Zip Line/Canopy Tour you fly high above the ground along various length zips. The tour is a 2 to 2 1/2 hour experience and is geared toward those approximately 10 years of age and older and between 70 - 250lbs. Fly through the air, as you immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of our historic waterfront location. $75pp.

Your week is fun and educational. Children will have the opportunity to participate in all of the activities that we offer at River Riders. In addition during their free time, we'll teach them the basics of guiding and river safety. Goals for your child include: increased confidence, learning, building character, sense of accomplishment, fun, and friendship. $199-$599 wk.

Build your group unity on the trails and rivers of the beautiful Harpers Ferry area near Washington, DC, Northern VA and Baltimore, MD yet outside of your normal daily environment. Watch how experiential education strengthens the bond between group members and refocuses energy on important issues.

Through "action learning" - using actual experiences as a learning tool, River Riders helps group members gain valuable insight into their interactions with each other. $95pp.




Accommodations: Historic Home, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Bath (Sleeps 8-10), hot tub

Explore Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Appalachian Trail, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Slots, Antietam Battlefield, tubing, canoeing and kayaking on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, white-water rafting with River Riders next door, Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival (June & Sept.), fine dining, shopping and antiquing in quaint historic towns of Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, and Charles Town, WV, Leesburg, VA and Frederick, MD; hiking and biking along river roads and C&0 canal or simply relaxing in you private outdoor hot tub. $150-300.


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Routes through Harpers Ferry

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