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Harpers Ferry in July: What to Expect

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge mountains, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is known for its stunning mountain views, rich history, and endless outdoor activities.

Located equal distance from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, it’s easy to swap city life for this charming mountain town during a July getaway. From scenic hikes to whitewater rafting adventures, there’s no shortage of summertime activities to enjoy. Come stay with us at Mountain Mama Cabins and see why summer is peak season in Harpers Ferry.

We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to an unforgettable July vacation in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

July Weather in Harpers Ferry

July is considered one of the hottest months in Harpers Ferry, with average highs in the mid-80s and lows in the 70s. Summer is the best time of the year to take advantage of nearby water activities while still enjoying the hiking season.

We recommend packing plenty of sun gear for your outdoor activities. Bring breathable clothing to beat the summer heat, and get ready for all the adventures.

July Activities in Harpers Ferry

Go Whitewater Rafting

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Harpers Ferry is located at the confluence of the Potomac River and the Shenandoah Rivers,  making it a premiere destination for whitewater rafting.

The stretch of rivers around Harpers Ferry offers a range of Class I to Class III rapids, perfect for rafters of all experience levels. There are multiple rafting guide companies in Harpers Ferry, making sure you have everything you need for a successful trip.

River Riders offers lessons for beginners and rentals for experienced riders. They offer a range of outdoor activities, from tubing rentals to kayaking to ziplining. Harpers Ferry Adventure Center also offers guided whitewater rafting trips and ziplining, tubing, and ropes courses. Check out our full whitewater rafting guide to choose the right experience for you.

Sip Wine at Local Vineyards

This region is home to countless vineyards, many of which are just outside of Harpers Ferry. The closest option for wine tasting is the Loudoun Heights Wine Trail, a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

This cluster of vineyards in Loudoun Wine Country boasts wineries, breweries, farmers markets, restaurants, and more. Some of our favorite local vineyards include Bozzo Family Vineyards, 868 Estate Vineyards, and Breaux Vineyards.

There’s nothing like taking in mountain views while sipping local wine on a beautiful July day.

Hike Part of the Appalachian Trail

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Known as the “Halfway Point” of the Appalachian Trail, Harpers Ferry is famous for its hiking trails. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner, there’s a trailhead for you along the Appalachian Trail.

We recommend starting at the Appalachian Trail Visitor Center first, one of the most well-known landmarks along the Appalachian Trail. Trail experts can provide tips on the best hiking trails, lookout points, and more. Snap a photo at this iconic building before heading out on your hike.

Some popular hikes along the route include Jefferson Rock, Maryland Heights Trail, and the challenging Bears Den to Harpers Ferry hike.

Immerse Yourself in American History

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Harpers Ferry is a gold mine for important landmarks in American Civil War history.

Start your tour at St. Peter’s Church, a registered national landmark offering incredible views of Harpers Ferry as one of the highest buildings in town. Head to John Brown’s Fort in Lower Town next, which honors abolitionist John Brown’s raid in 1859 as one of the most important events in Harpers Ferry history.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a great spot for the history buff visiting Harpers Ferry. It is the site of the 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry, the single largest capture of Union troops in the Civil War. This National Park Service park offers a variety of museums and exhibits to explore.

Go Tubing Down Harpers Ferry Rivers

Tubing is a popular summertime activity for locals and tourists alike in Harpers Ferry.

Flat water tubing down the Shenandoah River is perfect for families, beginners, or those looking for a relaxing pace. Spend a few hours floating down the river, taking in the scenic views and diverse wildlife along the way.

If you’re looking for more adventure, head to the Potomac River for whitewater tubing down Class I-III rapids. This is the best option for experienced swimmers and those over ten years old.

Local companies like River Riders, River & Trail Outfitters, and Harpers Ferry Adventure Center offer tubing rides, rentals, and more. Whether you choose to float down the Potomac or Shenandoah River, it’s the perfect activity to cool off in the July heat.

July 2024 Events in Harpers Ferry

Independence Day Firework Show at Sam Michaels Park

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  • Address: 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Harpers Ferry, WV
  • Date: June 29, 2024
  • Price: Free

There’s no better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with a fireworks show in one of America’s most historic towns. This annual event includes kid-friendly games, food, live music, and, of course, an epic fireworks show.

West Virginia Moonshine Festival

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  • Address: 1062 W Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV
  • Date: July 6, 2024 from 11 am-6 pm
  • Price: $10 in advance; $18 at the door

This fun-filled festival is the first of its kind! Enjoy moonshine cocktails, food trucks, and live music at the Barn of Harpers Ferry.

Let’s Play at the AMP with Rainbow Rock Band

  • Address: 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Harpers Ferry, WV
  • Date: July 15, 2024 at 7 pm
  • Price: Free

Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month with a free, family-friendly concert by Rainbow Rock Band at Sam Michaels Park.

Enjoy Your July Getaway to Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry is full of exciting options for those visiting during July. Whether you’re a history buff, outdoor adventurer, or wine enthusiast, there are endless activities for you to enjoy.

Staying at Mountain Mama Cabins gives you easy access to all that Harpers Ferry has to offer. From beautiful scenery to historic sites to incredible hiking, we guarantee a great time when you visit during the summertime.

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