Top 200 Places: Harpers Ferry Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
P.O. Box 65
Harpers Ferry,
West Virginia 25425

According to the National Park Service (NPS), Harpers Ferry was made into a national historical site because of a number of different events. The NPS states “Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown’s attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.” Dogs are allowed on leash at all outdoor areas of the park. However, dogs are not allowed on the shuttle buses from the visitors center to the historic area. There is limited parking at the historic area next to the train station for you to park with your dog. Otherwise, you will need someone to stay with your dog while someone parks the car and takes the shuttle bus back. Once at the historical town, you can walk around town, on trails and a pedestrian bridge over the river.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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