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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Address: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6298
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, White-water rafting
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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!

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Clinton, Tennessee
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Always heard the story of Jb but never understood all the importance of Harpers Ferry. Must take the museum tour and get the full story of why Stonewall went there and why the town was originally founded with the insistence of George Washington.

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Naples, FL
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40 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We recently went here while visiting DC area and found it very much worth it. The restored park buildings and adjacent shops and restaurants took up the entire day to explore. It's a shame that more people don't experience this wonderful place forgotten in time. Make sure to hike up the Appalachian Trail that runs thru town above the St.... More

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Highland Lakes, New Jersey
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Harpers Ferry National Park has so much history. There is so much to do and explore here so do your homework before your visit. Plan on spending the good part of a day for the full experience.

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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The start of America's industrial revolution, the Lewis and Clark expedition, Expansion of the Railroads, The Civil War from pre-start to finish. It's all here. The historical park intermingles with the town with at the lower level. Parking is very limited so the Park Service has a shuttle bus from the visitor center located off the main highway. However, I... More

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York, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We love the program in the park especially at Christmas. The town is decorated so beautifully like it would have been in the 1860's

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I knew the story of John Brown's raid as an idiosyncratic chapter of American history, but until visiting, never realized the larger context of the incident in the narrative of the civil war. We hired a guide from the historical association who took us around and set the stage all around the town long before we even mentioned the words... More

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Learning while you are relaxing and enjoying! Beautiful scenery of the mountains, the Shenandoah river, historical buildings and streets make you want to linger around as long as you can; plus those museums with excellent displays and informations about slavery, civil war, etc. has made Harpers Ferry an unique and enjoyable place to visit. There are two visitor centers, one... More

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Rock Hill, SC
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The National Park visitor's center has excellent displays showing the importance of the area from early U. S. military, commercial, transportation, slavery, Civil War , and industrial eras. Because of limited parking at the town, the Park Service runs a bus down to the river town. You probably need 2 days to cover all the aspects of the park, and... More

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Richmond, VA
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were lucky enough to be in Harpers Ferry this past weekend. There is something for everyone; there is quite a bit of walking, so you may want to consider that before going. Wear good shoes. The entry fee into the park is $10 for cars, but its worth it. From the park, you can take a free bus ride... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

So many places to see and enjoy for every kind of visitor. 1. Outdoorish person - rock climbing, tubing near the park, or take bikes and ride section of C&O canal. 2. History buff - historical houses fully furnished, on some days there is reenaction of historic events, old cemetery. 3. Hiking - Maryland heights trail (a bit harder), Jefferson... More

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