Located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, a visit to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park feels like stepping back in time. Harpers Ferry is perhaps best known as the site of abolitionist John Brown’s attempt to start a slave rebellion in 1859 but that’s only part of today’s story. Numerous hiking trails, including flat riverside strolls and walks across battlefields, combine the pastoral scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains with Civil War history. Schedule your family’s visit for one of the immersive living history weekends and learn about a range of topics from Civil War medicine to blacksmithing.
Amtrak’s Capitol Limited transports passengers between Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Get off at the station in Harpers Ferry and you’ll be at the park’s doorstep. It is just a few hours from Washington, D.C., making it an easy day trip if you’re seeing the many family-friendly sights in our nation’s capital.