Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (NHP) has 22 miles of hiking trails. This web page provides the information needed to plan your perfect hike. The park encompasses about 3,500 acres in the three states of West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia. Several units of the national park system intersect here:
While not always on foot, many individuals have traveled through Harpers Ferry on journeys towards freedom, exploration, and in defence of a young nation:
Regional hiking guides can be purchased from the non-profit Harpers Ferry Park Association Bookshop
, at the park’s Visitor Center, at the Bookshop in Lower Town, and through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park trails are open during daylight hours and closed from sunset to sunrise. The only exception is the Appalachian Trail which is always open.
- Trail Maps can be picked up at the park’s Visitor Center and Information Center.
- Dogs are allowed on all trails in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. They must be kept on a six-foot or shorter leash and owners must bag and remove pet waste from the park. Learn about bringing your pet to the park and our trash free park program.
- Horses, bicycles, and motorized vehicles are not allowed on any of the trails in Harpers Ferry NHP.
- Stay on the trail and off fragile earthworks and historic stone walls. Harpers Ferry NHP cares for natural and historical resources saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. Many of these resources border trails and are more fragile than they look. Help us keep these resources intact for all generations by staying on the trail. Staying on the trail reduces your risk of running into trail hazards as well!
- Trail Hazards: Depending on the season, you may encounter: poison ivy, poison sumac, ticks, bees and other stinging/biting insects, gnats, chiggers, copperhead snakes, rattlesnakes, slippery rocks, windy conditions, falling trees, dehydration, and other trail hazards. Use caution, stay away from cliff edges, and stop by the park’s visitor center or information center for more information on staying safe during your hike.
- Beat the Heat - Summer Safety
- Road and Rail Crossings: Some trails and connectors require visitors to cross roads and active railroad tracks. Please use signed crosswalks where available and always look out for cars and trains. The railroads in Harpers Ferry are active, trains come through town many times each day.
- Drinking water is not available on the trails. Bring enough water for yourself, children, and pets whenever you hike. Water fountains can be found at the Visitor Center and in Lower Town. During winter the outdoor fountains are turned off to prevent damage due to freezing.
- Trash receptacles are not available on trails or at trailheads. Be prepared to pack out all trash while visiting Harpers Ferry NHP, including cigarette butts and pet waste.