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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
+1 304-535-6298
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks
Activities: Hiking, White-water rafting
Owner description: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is indeed one of the crown jewels in the National Park Service. Covering over 4,000 acres in 3 states (WV, VA... more » Owner description: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is indeed one of the crown jewels in the National Park Service. Covering over 4,000 acres in 3 states (WV, VA and MD) at the scenic confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers and the Potomac River water gap through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Park features an amazing diversity of American History all in one place: Great figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, "Stonewall" Jackson, JEB Stuart, Philip Sheridan, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kate Field and many others swirl around Harpers Ferry like a whirlwind! The C&O Canal National Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail all converge at Harpers Ferry NHP. Twenty miles of hiking trails in the Park offer more than a one weekend getaway. Local private businesses offer whitewater rafting, tubing, fishing and many outdoor activities, along with dining and overnight accommodations. Come visit beautiful Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and be swept away by the mountains, the rivers and the history for a visit you and your family will long remember! « less
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Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Very well done displays, videos, and historically accurate rooms/settings about the Civil War and one of it's most famous characters, John Brown. Great for history buffs

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We like to go there every now and then, just to stroll around town, have a bite, walk to the church on hill top, hike the trail, dip our feet in the river.... very charming little town. Parking could be hard to find, there is a parking lot but fills up quickly on weekend and early fall.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Went for a favorite hike up the Maryland Heights cliff overlook trail. It is a well groomed trail, but its a lot of up hill, so know that you will sweat and breath hard. Bring water. The view at the topic is worth lingering for - historic Harper's Ferry, intersection of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. In the summer, you... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Went with family for day trip. $ 10 to park in the National Park lot. Walked down trail to lower town from parking lot. Small steep trail. Saw some large turtles in the Canal and pond. Walked by old ruins of a factory then along the Shenandoah River. Upon entering town we explored a bit. There are folks dressed in... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Took a drive to church on Sunday, and unexpectedly, WHAT BEAUTIFUL SCENERY AT HARPERS FERRY, especially at the historical sight. WORTH THE TRIP!!

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Kerens, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Full of History, and shops with some the friendliest folks you will ever find,great for family fun and education.

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Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The town is a step back in history, plenty to see and do. A lot of walking and not stroller friendly.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Drove from Sterling VA, it was a gorgeous drive. The park is excellent, lots of wildlife, expansive, I was not aware of the Appalachian Trail going through it. Very clean & quiet, plenty of people roaming also.

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Winchester, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A wonderful trip back in time. Beautiful walking trails that are not too taxing for those of use in not so good of shape. The historic buildings give an up close look at life in a much simpler time. There are a variety of small eating places located at the far side of town, but save room for some ice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Hiked up to Lookout Point - it was a tough hike but so worth it! I liked walking along the flat trial and watching the trains pass, but the steep incline to the lookout was tough for me. I guess I'm not in as good of shape as I thought :p Bring lots of water, wear comfortable shoes and high... More

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