waterfall with trees in Blackwater Falls, WV

Things to Do Nearby

Shepherdstown, WV is located in a region steeped in historical significance and natural beauty. Civil War battlefields and other historical sites, like Harpers Ferry and the C&O Canal, provide opportunities to learn about the nations’ trials and triumphs. Outdoors activities centered around the Potomac River and Appalachian mountains offer recreation opportunities including hiking, rafting, and biking. Take some time to explore in and around Shepherdstown.

The NCTC Campus, nestled close to the Potomac River, features a US Fish and Wildlife Service Museum and Archives and USFWS Conservation Library, as well as many acres to explore, where you can walk, watch birds and other wildlife.

Harpers Ferry Historical Tour

  • Details: Arrange a tour with the National Park Service (NPS) to explore the historical buildings and landmarks in downtown Harpers Ferry.

Hiking around Harpers Ferry, WV

Maryland Heights Hike (Harpers Ferry, WV)

  • Link: Maryland Heights Trail

  • Details: A strenuous and steep hike offering stunning views. Parking is available at the NPS Headquarters (HQ), with a shuttle service to lower downtown Harpers Ferry. Alternatively, hike from HQ via a narrower trail through the town.

Weverton Cliffs Hike (Harpers Ferry, WV)

  • Link: Weverton Cliffs Hike

  • Details: Located near Harpers Ferry, this hike is part of the Appalachian Trail. It offers ample parking, a wide and well-traveled trail, and great views of at the top.

Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Walk or Bike (Shepherdstown, WV)

  • Details: Enjoy a walk or bike ride along the C&O Canal in Shepherdstown. Local bike rentals are available.

C&O Canal Boat Tour (Williamsport, MD)

  • Link: Williamsport Launch Boat Program

  • Details: Experience a restored canal boat lock tour with the National Park Service (NPS). Weekend tours are available for up to 10 people.

Antietam National Battlefield (Antietam, Maryland)

  • Link: Antietam National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)

  • Details: Explore this historic site where one of the Civil War’s most consequential battles was fought with a guided history tour or a self-guided walk. Notable features include Burnside Bridge, with a sycamore tree dating back to the Civil War.

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