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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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Overlook has the best vista

We hiked the Maryland Heights trail and recommend it to anyone ready for an uphill trek. The Stone Fort sits atop a ridge, and the markers explain that Lincoln surveyed the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We hiked the Maryland Heights trail and recommend it to anyone ready for an uphill trek. The Stone Fort sits atop a ridge, and the markers explain that Lincoln surveyed the troops along the same route during the Civil War. Best vista is the Overlook Trail along the same route. The view from atop the cliffs is stunning.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The spectacular confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers at the intersection of three states combined with the scenic towns of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar provide the backdrop for the important history of the civil rights movement and civil war. It's easy to spend a few hours or a complete day there. Check for special tours provided by the National... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Harpers Ferry is so well done, the history just invades your being as you walk through and listen to period dressed staff read you into the importence of the town and its place in history. The story of Storer College is also a part of this history. The shops and restaurants on the streets adjacent to the Park also make... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite historical locations to visit in the country! It is not only an impressive visual as you approach the town’s hills, steep roads, 19th century architecture and experience the super nice folks, but the shops, nostalgia and artifacts are only undone by the wildlife, river and complete surroundings. Enjoy one must... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This whole area was amazing from the town to the people to the scenery. The town has been kept in its old civil war era feel while modernized enough for today with many of the homes along the main street turned into shops, mini-museums, eateries, and a bed and breakfasts here and there. Historical info boards can be found scattered... More 

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Lorain, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Harpers Ferry gives you the feeling that you are in a different time in history. The history (John Brown's raid) surrounding this area plays a very big part in the upcoming years (Civil War). The scenic views around this area are incredible! Make time to visit Charles Town to hear about and possibly take a walking tour of John Brown's... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped off here wanting to see some of the Shenandoah river and the surrounding scenery, and ended up hiking around quite a bit - it was beautiful! The trails we followed weren't too strenuous, and there were overlooks in some places, or actually walking on the shore of the river in others. Harpers Ferry lower town itself was interesting... More 

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Pasadena, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It was interesting to see some of history and their sites. Does not offer great parking or, places to eat. It cost to park and to use the bus service. There is a lot of walking involved to see it all. We will not go back. Not as interesting as we thought it would be.

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Queenstown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to get guides who thoroughly explained the events leading up to John Brown's raid on the armory located in Harper's Ferry. We also visited the building where Union troops captured Brown who was later hanged at the Charlestown Courthouse.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Not too far for a day trip, Harper's Ferry is 45 minutes NE of Leesburg, VA. Such a historic site, and geographically beautiful site to visit. $10 to park your car in the park, but you get a free bus ride down into the historic town (return trip included). There is plenty to see and read. The more time you... More 

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