Top things to do

Coffee in Harpers Ferry

Guide Shack Cafe

Well of course there's a mini-climbing wall in the back of this new coffee shop. The place is a short walk from both the AT and the C&O Canal cycling path, so it's attracting outdoor adventurers. Stop here for a…
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 …
Live Music in Thomas

Purple Fiddle

One of those great mountain stores where bluegrass culture and artsy day-trippers from the urban South and Northeast mash up into a stomping good time. There's live music every night; you may want to purchase ticket…
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 …
Mine in Fayetteville

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

This mine in Beckley is a museum about the region's coal heritage. Visitors can ride a train 1500ft into a former coal mine, check out exhibits about mining life and explore the camp town village. Don't like enclose…
American in Harpers Ferry

Beans in the Belfry

Across the river in Brunswick, MD (roughly 10 miles east), you'll find this converted red-brick church sheltering mismatched couches and kitsch-laden walls, featuring light fare (chili, sandwiches, quiche) and a tin…
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 laidback atmosphere with all the right hints of good karma abounding. The Caribbean-spiced mahi-mahi taco…
State Park in New River Gorge National River

Hawks Nest State Park

There are hiking trails, a nature center and an aerial tram (open May to October; adult/child $7/5), which runs from the lodge down to the river's edge. The comfy rooms offers fabulous views over the gorge. Book ear…
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.
Sports in Fayetteville

Bridge Day Festival

On the third Saturday in October, hundreds of BASE jumpers parachute from the 876ft-high New River Gorge Bridge. Includes live music in Fayetteville the same weekend.