Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Overview

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in the states of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, John Brown, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Frederick Douglass are just a few of the prominent individuals who left their mark on this place. The story of Harpers Ferry is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It involves a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of this nation's history.

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Seasonality / Weather

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Directions

Driving: 

The physical address of the park visitor center is 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. GPS address alternatives are 171 Shoreline Drive (Harpers Ferry National Historical Park) or try intersection of Shoreline Drive and Campground Road.
Non-rush hour driving time to Harpers Ferry from Reagan National Airport and BWI Airport is about 1 hour 30 minutes. Driving time from Dulles International Airport is about 50 minutes.
From Northern Virginia
From Interstate 495 West take the left exit (EXIT 45) and merge onto VA-267 West, the Dulles Toll Road (stay in local lanes, not express airport traffic lanes) / Dulles Greenway toward Leesburg (Portions toll).
Follow to Exit 1, VA-7 W on the left toward Leesburg/Warrenton.
Take the VA-9 exit toward Hillsboro / Charles Town, WV merging to the right onto Charles Town Pike / VA-9.
After approximately 10 miles on VA-9 you will come to a light where you will bear right onto VA-671 N / Harpers Ferry Road. Follow this road until it ends at the lighted intersection of US 340 / Jefferson Pike.
Turn left onto 340. Follow US-340 N to the four way intersection in Harpers Ferry (approximately 2.5 miles), staying in the left lane.
Turn left at the light (you will see a large sign for the Park) and continue through to the entrance station.

From Baltimore-Washington Intl. (BWI) Airport
Take I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) west toward Catonsville/Towson
Exit onto I-70 west toward Frederick, Maryland
Continue west on I-70 past Frederick for about 1 mile
Take Exit #52 onto U.S. Route 340 (Charles Town and Leesburg exit)
Continue south/west on U.S. Route 340 to Harpers Ferry (22 miles)
Cross the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers
After crossing second bridge (Shenandoah River) proceed to stoplight at top of hill. Turn left into the main entrance of the park.

From Reagan (Washington) National Airport
Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to I-495 (Beltway)
Go north into Maryland on I-495
Exit onto I-270 (from left lane of I-495) toward Frederick, Maryland
Continue on I-270 to Frederick
Continue west on I-70 at Frederick for about 1 mile
Take Exit #52 onto U.S. Route 340 (Charles Town and Leesburg exit)
Continue south/west on U.S. Route 340 to Harpers Ferry (22 miles)
Cross the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers
After crossing second bridge (Shenandoah River) proceed to stoplight at top of hill. Turn left into the main entrance of the park.

From Dulles International Airport
Take Route 267 West (toll road) to Leesburg, Virginia
At the end of Route 267, bear left and continue on Bypass Route 7 West around Leesburg
Exit onto Route 9 West about 3 miles west of Leesburg
Follow Route 9 through Hillsboro
Turn right onto Route 671 (just after you pass a large pond on your left)
Follow Route 671 North for about 8 miles
Turn left on U.S. Route 340
Cross Shenandoah River bridge, proceed to stoplight at top of hill. Turn left into the main entrance of the park.

Flying: 

Non-rush hour driving time to Harpers Ferry from Reagan National Airport and BWI airport is about 1 hour 30 minutes. Driving time from Dulles International Airport is about 50 minutes.

Public Transport: 

MARC Commuter Rail
MARC commuter trains operate Monday through Friday between Union Station in Washington, D.C., and Martinsburg, W.Va. on the MARC Brunswick Line. For additional information about MARC train schedules and ticket reservations, call 1-800-325-RAIL.
MARC Brunswick Line Schedule
Departs Union Station 4:55 p.m. - Arrives Harpers Ferry 6:12 p.m.
Departs Union Station 5:35 p.m. - Arrives Harpers Ferry 7:05 p.m.
Departs Union Station 7:15 p.m. - Arrives Harpers Ferry 8:42 p.m.
Departs Harpers Ferry 5:56 a.m. - Arrives Union Station 7:28 a.m.
Departs Harpers Ferry 7:01 a.m. - Arrives Union Station 8:30 a.m.

Amtrak
Amtrak's "Capitol Limited" between Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois, stops in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., seven days a week. Reservations are required. Call Amtrak toll free at 1-800-872-7245.'

A shuttle transportation system with handicapped accessible buses connect the Park Visitor Center with the Lower Town District.