Harpers Ferry Railroad Bridge | West Virginia Rails To Trails


This rail-with-trail bridge crosses the Potomac River near its confluence with the Shenandoah River, at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. A cantilevered section of the bridge allows pedestrian access between Harpers Ferry and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park (C&O Canal Towpath) and connects the Appalachian Trail from West Virginia to Maryland.


Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


he NPS will post updates about the footbridge, as they become available, online at go.nps.gov/HAFEfootbridge.

Update on March 2, 2020


Trail Stats

Trail Status Temporarily Closed
In the early morning of Dec. 21, 2019, multiple cars of a train owned by CSX derailed from a railroad bridge crossing the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry. The derailment damaged a portion of the pedestrian footbridge, which is attached to the railroad bridge, preventing access across the Potomac River. Since the derailment the NPS has been communicating with CSX to determine next steps.
Trail End Points Appalachian Trail at Potomac St. and Shenandoah St. (Harpers Ferry, WV) to C&O Canal Towpath near Sandy Hook Rd. (Sandy Hook, MD)
Counties Jefferson, Washington (Maryland, West Virginia)
Trail Length 0.14 miles
Activities Biking, Walking
Trail Surface Boardwalk
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