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Harpers-Ferry is a small, historic town located in Jefferson County, West Virginia. It lies at the point of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers where the states of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet. As of the 2000 census, the town had a population of 307 residents. Historically, Harpers Ferry is best known for John Brown's raid on the Armory in 1859 and its role in the American Civil War. The lower part of the town is located within Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Most of the remainder, which includes the more populated area, is included in the Harpers Ferry Historic District. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters is located in Harpers Ferry and the town is one of only a few that the Appalachian Trail passes directly through. The history of Harpers Ferry is impressive. Just a few of the notable events: it was the starting place of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, the site of the first crossing of the Potomac by a railroad, on the first structural steel bridge in the world, the site of three Civil War battles, was a bastion of elevating African Americans, with the first real academic college (Storer College) to educate freed slaves in all aspects of higher learning, was a major retreat center in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century for many notables, including seven presidents, Mark Twain, and many others. It has also been cited by art history experts as the most painted town in America, because of its spectacular scenery. Recreation near Harpers Ferry includes white water rafting, horseback riding trail rides, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, camping and more. Several beautiful, historic bed and breakfast inns are also located in the town.

Surrounding areas: Ranson, West Virginia (6.8 mi), Shepherdstown, West Virginia (8.0 mi), Arden, West Virginia (17.4 mi), Falling Waters, West Virginia (18.1 mi), Hedgesville, West Virginia (20.9 mi), Berkeley Springs, West Virginia (33.5 mi), Capon Bridge, West Virginia (37.3 mi)

Harpers Ferry Vacation Rentals

Harpers Ferry Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn25 Union StHarpers Ferry, WV (304) 535-6391
Hilltop House Hotel-Harpers Ferry, WV (304) 535-6321
Quality Inn & Conference CTRRt 340Harpers Ferry, WV (304) 535-6302
Northgate Inn188 Patrick Henry WayCharles Town, WV5.2 mi.(304) 725-1402
Holiday Inn Express681 Flowing Springs RdRanson, WV5.3 mi.(304) 725-1330
Hampton Inn & Suites157 Pimlico DrCharles Town, WV5.8 mi.(304) 725-2200
Knights Inn907 E Washington StCharles Town, WV6.0 mi.(304) 725-2041
Turf Motel741 E Washington StCharles Town, WV6.2 mi.(304) 725-2081
Serenity Motel401 N Mildred StRanson, WV6.9 mi.(304) 725-1447
Bavarian Inn164 Shepherdgrade RdShepherdstown, WV8.0 mi.(304) 876-2551
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center233 Lowe DrShepherdstown, WV8.0 mi.(304) 876-7000
National Conservation Training Center698 Conservation WayShepherdstown, WV8.0 mi.(304) 876-7263
Econo Lodge5595 Hammonds Mill RdMartinsburg, WV15.0 mi.(304) 274-2181
Krista-lite MotelMartinsburg, WV15.0 mi.(304) 263-0906
Oak Crest MotelRFD 5Martinsburg, WV15.0 mi.(304) 267-2118
Pikeside Motel2138 Winchester AveMartinsburg, WV15.0 mi.(304) 263-5189
Rodeway Inn94 Mcmillan CtMartinsburg, WV15.0 mi.(304) 263-8811
Martinsburg Motel396 Eagle School RdMartinsburg, WV15.3 mi.(304) 263-4771
Wheatland Motel1193 Winchester AveMartinsburg, WV15.3 mi.(304) 267-2994
Scottish Inns1024 Winchester AveMartinsburg, WV15.4 mi.(304) 267-2935
Comfort Suites1937 Short RdMartinsburg, WV15.5 mi.(304) 263-8888
Mount Weather Emergency Assistance CTR19844 Blue Rdg Mountain RdBluemont, VA15.7 mi.(540) 662-9201
Masser's Motel & Restaurant1505 W Patrick StFrederick, MD16.0 mi.(301) 663-3698
Hampton Inn975 Foxcroft AveMartinsburg, WV16.1 mi.(304) 267-2900
Hampton Inn4758 Gerrardstown RdInwood, WV16.3 mi.(304) 229-6677
Comfort Inn1872 Edwin Miller BlvdMartinsburg, WV16.3 mi.(304) 263-6200
Days Inn Shenandoah209 Viking WayMartinsburg, WV16.3 mi.(304) 263-1800
Holiday Inn Martinsburg301 Foxcroft AveMartinsburg, WV16.3 mi.(304) 267-5500
Knights Inn1997 Edwin Miller BlvdMartinsburg, WV16.3 mi.(304) 267-2211
Super 8 Motel-martinsburg1600 Edwin Miller BlvdMartinsburg, WV16.3 mi.(304) 263-0801
Travelodge1700 Edwin Miller BlvdMartinsburg, WV16.3 mi.(304) 263-8811
The National Conference Center18980 Upper Belmont PlLansdowne, VA16.5 mi.(703) 729-8000
Norris House Inn108 Loudoun St SWLeesburg, VA17.2 mi.(703) 777-1806
Windsor At Fieldstone703 Clark Court NeLeesburg, VA17.2 mi.(703) 777-3401
Holiday Inn Frederick Fort Detrick999 W Patrick StFrederick, MD17.3 mi.(301) 662-5141
Hampton Inn & Suites117 Ft Evans Road NELeesburg, VA17.3 mi.(703) 669-8640
Best Western Historic Frederick420 Prospect BlvdFrederick, MD17.5 mi.(301) 695-6200
Comfort Inn7300 Executive WayFrederick, MD17.8 mi.(301) 668-7272
Extended Stay America5240 Westview DrFrederick, MD17.8 mi.(301) 668-0808
Mainstay Suites7310 Executive WayFrederick, MD17.8 mi.(301) 668-4600
Bed & Breakfast
Beaver Creek House Bed And Breakfast20432 Beaver CRK RdHagerstown, MD21.9 mi.(301) 797-4764

Harpers Ferry Weather & Climate

The extreme eastern portion of West Virginia ,where West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia meet, generally has a humid continental climate. This means warm to hot, humid summers and cool to cold winters, increasing in severity with elevation. However, the weather in all parts of the state is subject to rapid changes. Slightly more than half the rainfall occurs from April to September. In addition to persistent cloudy skies caused by the damming of moisture by the Alleghenies, West Virginia also experiences some of the most frequent precipitation in the nation. Snow usually lasts only a few days in the lower sections but may persist for weeks in the higher mountain areas. However, severe weather is somewhat less prevalent in West Virginia than in most other eastern states, and it ranks among the least tornado-prone states east of the Rockies.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 20°F 2.95 in. -
February 43°F 22°F 2.54 in. -
March 52°F 30°F 3.31 in. -
April 63°F 38°F 3.30 in. -
May 72°F 48°F 4.12 in. -
June 81°F 56°F 3.85 in. -
July 86°F 61°F 3.91 in. -
August 84°F 59°F 3.35 in. -
September 77°F 51°F 3.43 in. -
October 66°F 39°F 3.56 in. -
November 55°F 32°F 3.15 in. -
December 44°F 24°F 2.93 in. -

Harpers Ferry Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Eastern Wv Regional Shepherd Field (MRB) located about 14 miles northwest of Harpers Ferry in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the Washington Dulles International airport (IAD) located approximately 30 miles south of Harpers Ferry in Washington, District Of Columbia, the Ronald Reagan Washington National airport (DCA) located roughly 49 miles southeast of Harpers Ferry in Washington, District Of Columbia, and finally the Baltimore Washington International airport (BWI) located around 58 miles east of Harpers Ferry in Baltimore, Maryland.

Harpers Ferry Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersRockvilleMD35.5 mi.
JeepersGreenbeltMD51.3 mi.
Marshall Hall ParkBryans RoadMD59.2 mi.
Six Flags AmericaMitchellvilleMD60.1 mi.
Six Flags AmericaUpper MarlboroMD63.7 mi.
JeepersParkvilleMD64.5 mi.
Williams Grove ParkMechanicsburgPA72.6 mi.
HersheyparkHersheyPA88.0 mi.
Lakemont ParkAltoonaPA89.5 mi.
Water Parks
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD78.3 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE117.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Locust Hills Golf CourseCharles TownWV7.2 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country ClubCharles TownWV7.2 mi.
Stonebridge Golf ClubMartinsburgWV14.6 mi.
Woodbrier Golf CourseMartinsburgWV14.6 mi.
Musket Ridge Golf ClubMyersvilleMD15.4 mi.
Goose Creek Golf ClubLeesburgVA17.7 mi.
Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt ClubLeesburgVA17.7 mi.
Westpark Golf ClubLeesburgVA17.7 mi.
Beaver Creek Country ClubHagerstownMD18.2 mi.
Clustered Spires Golf CourseFrederickMD18.5 mi.
Worthington Manor Golf ClubUrbanaMD20.8 mi.
Black Rock Golf CourseHagerstownMD21.8 mi.
Hagerstown Municipal Golf CourseHagerstownMD21.8 mi.
Poolesville Golf CoursePoolesvilleMD21.8 mi.
PB Dye Golf ClubIjamsvilleMD22.5 mi.
Whiskey Creek Golf ClubIjamsvilleMD22.5 mi.
Glade Valley Golf ClubWalkersvilleMD23.4 mi.
Carpers Valley Golf ClubWinchesterVA24.8 mi.
Brambleton Regional Park Golf CourseAshburnVA25.5 mi.
Little Bennett Golf CourseClarksburgMD25.9 mi.
WestWinds Golf ClubNew MarketMD25.9 mi.
Maple Run Golf CourseThurmontMD26.9 mi.
Algonkian Regional Park Golf CourseSterlingVA28.2 mi.
Sterling Park Golf ClubSterlingVA28.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA35.8 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA66.9 mi.
Blue KnobClaysburgPA77.0 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA85.8 mi.
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD87.6 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA117.6 mi.
State Parks
Gathland State ParkMD7.4 mi. 
Rumsey Monument State ParkWV7.9 mi. 
Washington Monument State ParkMD13.0 mi. 
Greenbrier State ParkMD15.5 mi. 
Gambrill State ParkMD16.6 mi. 
Fort Frederick State ParkMD24.1 mi. 
Sky Meadows State ParkVA26.3 mi. 
Seneca Creek State ParkMD26.4 mi. 
Cacapon State ParkWV32.5 mi. 
Berkeley Springs State ParkWV32.8 mi. 
Fort Tonoloy State ParkMD35.2 mi. 
Mont Alto State ParkPA36.6 mi. 
Loudoun MuseumLeesburgVA17.3 mi.(History)
Schifferstadt Architectural MuseumFrederickMD18.6 mi.(History)
NIST Virtual MuseumGaithersburgMD31.4 mi.(Technology)
Drop Zone Virtual MuseumFairfax StationVA42.5 mi.(History)
National Capital Trolley MuseumSilver SpringMD44.6 mi.(Technology)
NewseumArlingtonVA46.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
National Museum of American HistoryWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(History)
National Museum of American Jewish Military HistoryWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(History)
National Museum of Women's HistoryWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(History)
National Postal MuseumWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(History)
Tudor Place -- Historic House & GardensWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(History)
A Guide to the Museums of WashingtonWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum Services InternationalWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Octagon Museum (American Architectural Foundation)WashingtonDC48.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Washington National CathedralWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
White House Virtual ToursWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Dumbarton Oaks Research LibraryWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Pope John Paul II Cultural CenterWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
US Department of Interior MuseumWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Virtual SmithsonianWashingtonDC48.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA37.3 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC48.0 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD60.3 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD60.3 mi.
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA88.0 mi.

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