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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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Such a different experience visiting a town essentially stuck in time. Beautiful views of Maryland and Virginia too and the river is stunning. Walked part of the Apalachian Trial... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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England, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Such a different experience visiting a town essentially stuck in time. Beautiful views of Maryland and Virginia too and the river is stunning. Walked part of the Apalachian Trial here too which was spectacular - literally stepped from West Virginia into Maryland! Also climbed to Jefferson Rock for some brilliant views!

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Grasonville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

I went for a day trip, glad I did. I hiked for about 4 hours and took in what the little town had to offer. I parked at the welcome center and took a bus down to the town. They were also firing canons and that was fun to watch. everyone was friendly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Great place for history buffs, nature lovers and,outdoor enthusiasts. Not great place for people who can't walk easily up and down hills and stair. The rivers are beautiful.

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North Potomac, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I first visited Harper's Ferry in Jan. I returned today with my wife. From what I could tell the same museums and restaurants in the town were open each time. Both visits were very enjoyable. I started out parking at the visitor center. The cost is ten dollars to enter per car. There is a bus that takes visitors to... More 

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Wellsville, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

After reading all of the reviews on here, maybe my expectations were too high. There was no one in period dress. There are no guides that you can hire. The horse drawn tours were not operating. There are very few areas where an elderly person can sit to rest. Artillery demonstration was cool but there was not enough seating for... More 

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We are national park fans and this one was great! We took the shuttle to downtown and wish we had more time to explore it further. The "town" was like walking back in time. Will plan to go back for more exploring!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing, not-to-be missed experience. Learn about the civil war, the people who lived and fought in the town, and about the zealous John Brown who's one joust against slavery may have precipitated the civil war. This is not a one-sided presentation of history though. Both sides were well represented which made for a thought provoking visit that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I walked across the footbridge from the C&O Canal Towpath. I love that the park is accessible this way. You like history? You can find that here. You like being out in nature? You can do that here. You like good food and local shopping? That's here too. This park has something for everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Harpers Ferry is a quaint WV town that sits at the confluence of the Potomac & Shenandoah rivers. The beauty alone is astounding, but throw in the history of John Brown's raid and the Appalachian trail and you've got a place for the whole family. We visited the John Brown Museum and re-discovered an important part of American history that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Really love this place - been here a few times now. This time I took my parents and they loved it. A family friendly place which has little bit of everything; water rafting, museums, small shops, history, and restaurants. Must visit place

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