Harpers Ferry Area
Wild Wonderful West Virginia
Did you know the Shenandoah Valley actually starts in West Virginia? Where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, you find the town of Harpers Ferry. It’s home to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park as well as the Appalachian Trail Visitor Center. And there’s plenty of recreation because of the two scenic rivers. Tubing and kayaking are popular. Or just cast a line and see what bites!
Next door you’ll find Shepherdstown, named by Budget Travel as “One of America’s coolest towns.” It’s also one of the oldest towns in West Virginia. For example, stop by the James Rumsey Monument and learn about the country’s first steamboat. Shepherdstown is also known for it’s ghost tours. Be sure to say hello to Tour Mascot Cecil the Cat. He’s a town celebrity!
Shepherdstown’s Bavarian Inn makes a convenient “home base”. Kids love the infinity pool. In addition to tennis and basketball courts, the resort also has bikes. Take a tour of the town and a ride along the C&O Canal. Or try something new and give Bocce a go. Make S’mores over the fire pit afterwards and enjoy the stars.
More Harpers Ferry Area Stops
After visiting Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown, head west to Charles Town. Enjoy the river and trails at Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area. Charles Town is also rich in history. For instance, George Washington’s younger brother Charles laid out the streets. In fact, a large number of Washington’s relatives are buried at Zion Episcopal Church. From family-friendly to fine dining, you’ll find a broad selection of restaurants. Make it an overnight visit and stay at a charming B&B or inn.
Complete your visit to the Harpers Ferry region with stops in Martinsburg and Berkeley Springs. While in Martinsburg, enjoy a show at the puppet theater. And be sure to take a tour of the Martinsburg Roundhouse. After your visit, unwind at nearby Berkeley Springs. Again, Washington’s influence is part of the region as he often brought his family here. The town’s namesake is the warm springs that run through the state park. In fact, Berkeley Springs is known as “America’s first spa”. Kids enjoy catching minnows while playing in the water.
Other Kids Trail Regions Just Minutes Away
South across the Potomac River you’ll discover Virginia’s Loudoun County. A quick 30-minute ride takes you to historic sites, hiking trails, nature centers, and more kid-friendly fun. And if you head west to I-81, you can be in Winchester, the heart of the Kids Trail, in about 35 minutes.
Enjoy your stay in the Harpers Ferry region while on the Kids Trail. Learn more about the stops, use the drop down menu to sort them by interest and plan your itinerary.