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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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Beautiful!

This place is gorgeous and large enough that you can spend a whole day there. The history is rich and the natural surroundings are gorgeous. It's also very interesting to see the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Yokohama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This place is gorgeous and large enough that you can spend a whole day there. The history is rich and the natural surroundings are gorgeous. It's also very interesting to see the point where the two rivers meet. I highly recommend this place for anyone who's interested in American history, nature or simply likes visiting places off the beaten path.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I love visiting the Ferry, I've been many times and I can't think of any negatives. Come and enjoy it all.

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Martinsburg WV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I've lived in WV now for over 15 years and never visited Harpers Ferry, I was missing out! The exhibits were great and there's so much history right under my nose. I knew the town was significant but thanks to the NPS I understand more about the history of my adopted community. I look forward to returning as a "local"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The historic park and trails are well maintained, ranger led activities are plentiful & the staff is ready/waiting for your questions. Weekends have staff & volunteers in period dress ready for pictures, questions, etc. We highly recommend a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Nice hiking trails, well maintained, not super crowded and plenty of space for everyone. I would warn you that there were not many trash cans around, so plan to carry your trash out with you (as you should). There are also not a lot of places to buy food nearby, so a picnic is also a good idea.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

perfect for the history buff and nature lover. The shopping and dining and outdoor activities provide plenty to do and enjoy

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We visited here on a beautiful Saturday. A bis takes you from the visitors center to the town. There are some small musems to visit that are average, but included in the admission. Lots of nice places to walk overlooking the river and along the river. Pleasant low key way to spend a day, escpecially when the weather is nice.

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Portage, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I don't know if there is more going on in the summer, but this time of year I was mostly reading wall exhibits in empty buildings. The entire lower town area was infested by about 300 school kids (NPS estimate) who were being poorly supervised both by their chaperones and NPS staff/volunteers.

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Jim P, Volunteer In Park at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, responded to this review

Hello folks! I would like to take this opportunity to reply to your recent review of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. First we very much appreciate your visit to Harpers Ferry. We are disappointed the school groups disturbed your visit. Because of the great amount of American history here at Harpers Ferry we do have a great number of school... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

A small historical town in West Virginia, Harpers Ferry can be easily reach by train or by car. The historic part of town offers nice museums, historic sites with plenty of places to eat and drinks. Parking is allowed at the train stations and near by streets (not in town) if you are there early-before 10 a.m. Otherwise, plan to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Very nice visit. Had an enjoyable experience. Went for the wax museum and ended spending the whole day there. So much to see. Very beautiful.

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