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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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Montego Bay, Jamaica
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I have passed near to Harpers Ferry several times over the years and shamefully never stopped. Today I made the time and walked into a desperate time in the history of these great United States of America when Americans sought to destroy their own nation in order to maintain the brutal, bloody, immoral system of slavery which had too long... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This site was great! So full of history from the Civil War, major floods, etc. It also has great views of the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.

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Springfield, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited this National Historic Park on a day trip while in Williamsburg. Went to the visitors center and took shuttle into town. Nice walking through shops and took wonderful pictures. Wasn't the most educational, but still a nice visit.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If you come to Harpers Ferry, make sure you spend acouple of days. So much to see and do. The park is spread out all across town. Make sure you get a map and visit the visitor center. Theres all kind of ranger activities and a Liviing History workshops. I did the apple pie workshop, top knotch, and the pie... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

You can get through all the historic museums and building in a few hours, more if you do parts of the hikes or walks. The old/lower town is set up with each building acting as mini-museums. There is a nice quick walk up to Jefferson Rock and the Cemetery, as well as along the railroad tracks. Caution: nothing seems to... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This attraction is trying to be a revolutionary war site, an antebellum/abolision site, a civil war site, and a modern-day tourist trap. You can't park in Lower Town, but the shuttle bus is fine. Jefferson Rock was much smaller than I expected, but it was pretty cool. Tip on finding Jefferson Rock: head up High Street and you'll see stone... More

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On the open sea
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A beautiful drive between DC and Harpers Ferry through farmland dotted with vineyards. Recommend you take the walk from the visitor center down to the lower town and enjoy the river and the ruins of the previous mills. Town is very interesting and presented nicely. Don't miss Jefferson's Rock!

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Harpers Ferry, WV, has a small historic district which presents a real parking challenge. The Park Service provides a great shuttle from the Visitors Center, on the top of the hill a mile or two away from the historic district, right into the heart of things and on a continuous loop. The shuttle buses have a 2-bike rack on the... More

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Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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