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Park in Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

Historic buildings and museums are accessible to those with passes, which can be found, along with parking and shuttles, north of town at the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Visitor Center off Hwy 340. Parking …
Coffee in Harpers Ferry

Guide Shack Cafe

Well of course there's a mini-climbing wall in the back of this coffee shop: the place is a short walk from both the Appalachian Trail and the C&O Canal cycling path. Stop here for a bit of conversation and the …
New American in Shepherdstown

Press Room

This oft-recommended spot is housed in an old newspaper building, but the hospitable vibe and cozy decor evoke the home of a close friend. Fresh and seasonal New American fare is on the menu, and we bet you'll be pl…
Live Music in Shepherdstown

O'Hurley's General Store

Not quite bluegrass. Not quite Scottish. Let's just call it music you might hear on Outlander from a band of traveling minstrels. But whatever the tune at the weekly Thursday night jam (7:30pm), it's engaging. Grab …
Deli in Shepherdstown

Blue Moon Cafe

There's a lot to love about this deli, with its collegiate and hippie staff, huge outdoor patio, indoor pub-like dining area and excellent menu of healthy and not-so-healthy salads and sandwiches. The sandwich menu …
Fusion in Berkeley Springs


Tari's is a very Berkeley Springs sort of spot, with fresh local food and good vegetarian options served in a laid-back atmosphere with all the right hints of good karma abounding. Dig into the jumbo lake crab cakes…
Natural Feature in Harpers Ferry

The Point

At the southern end of Potomac St, just a few steps from the lower town, take in a view of three states – Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia – from the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.
Museum in Harpers Ferry

John Brown Museum

Across from Arsenal Sq and one of the park's museums, this three-room gallery gives a fine overview (through videos and period relics) of the events surrounding John Brown's famous raid.
Coffee in Shepherdstown

Lost Dog Coffee

Is that the inviting scent of roasting coffee? Add in walls lined with knickknacks, local art everywhere and a mounted deer head, and we say, hello perfect indie coffee shop.
Museum in Harpers Ferry

John Brown Wax Museum

Not to be confused with the National Park–run museum, this private wax museum is a kitschy (and rather overpriced) attraction that pays tribute to the man who led an ill-conceived slave rebellion here. The exhibits …