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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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Address: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6298
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking, White-water rafting
Description: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is indeed one of the crown jewels...
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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So much history

Prior to this visit, I did not realize how influential Harper's Ferry was to the history of our country. Because of the confluence of two major rivers, this was a major trading... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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134 reviews 134 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Prior to this visit, I did not realize how influential Harper's Ferry was to the history of our country. Because of the confluence of two major rivers, this was a major trading and manufacturing place early in the history of the country. Meriwether Lewis purchased many of the supplies for the Lewis and Clark Expedition here. There are many wonderful... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It was a beautiful day, so we decided to do a spur of the moment trip. Took about an hour and fifteen to get there from DC. Parking is tight at the park and they leave an envelope on your car for you to pay the $10 entrance fee. There are lots of cute shops on the main street and... More 

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Madison Heights, Michigan
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Harper's Ferry is a quaint small mountain town. It was the border of the Union and the Confederate states. There is so much history there. The park has great signage and some parts appear as they would have in the 1860's. So many things to do and check out.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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135 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The entire lower town is under the control of the National Park Service, You can tour the shops, where either seasoned interpreters will telll you all about them or visit a few which have plaques standing by. Scenic beauty, two rivers converge at the point, you can see three states from the town, it's a great place.

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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

There are hikes, Park ranger tours throughout the town, the cathedral is apparently haunted and gives ghost tour . But the view from the Maryland side overlooking Harpers Ferry town the two rivers and the railway is one of the most beautiful sights I've seen. The town is a interesting from civil war history to the wide variety of small... More 

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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Beautiful. If you enjoy history and like to see it with you own eyes this will do it. It all has a very Victorian feel to it

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Not the typically expansive outdoor hiking national park but richer than most other with history. Take time to spend in the old town as well as to ride the shuttle bus. We actually did this all in our personal vehicle in the middle of winter. Little traffic and easy to get around.

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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I visited Harpers Ferry as a side trip from my stay in DC in 2009. The place looks very similar to how it looked 150 years ago. Among the places to visit are the church on top of the hill, Jefferson's Rock, and the Federal Arsenal, where John Brown led his failed slave revolt in October 1859.

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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Quaint historically significant little town. One may walk around enjoying the historically accurate restored buildings of the Civil War Era or shop in the artisan owned stores. There are plenty of walking and biking trails for the visitor wanting to spend the day outside. We had lunch at the Town's Inn and was served homemade food with a big smile.

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Gainesville, Florida
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

What a beautiful historic delight. The town at the bottom of a steep hill, and meeting of two rivers is worth the stop. Take yourself back to the beginning of the Civil War and submerse is the history of this quaint town. Perfect for old and young alike, though there is a bit of walking required.

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