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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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A nice little getaway

Unfortunately, the morning after we arrived, there was a massive fire downtown destroying eight of the businesses there. We weren't even able to drive into town that day because... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Rural Valley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately, the morning after we arrived, there was a massive fire downtown destroying eight of the businesses there. We weren't even able to drive into town that day because they had the roads closed. The first night we were there we found a parking lot on the bottom street, but after the fire it was closed down for the remainder... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Harpers Ferry has a bit of something for everyone. We were a group of 6, ages 15-59, and only had time for a walking tour. We took the Harpers Ferry from the top tour, with a volunteer ranger guide, who gave us a nice overview of the park. What you get from this tour especially is a tour of Storer... More 

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Nepean, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is such a beautiful tiny place with BIG history. It is close to the quaint town of Charlestown (which also has a casino) and it is worth the venture. Quiet and peaceful, and contemplative....

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West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I had not been to Harper's Ferry for about 15 years, so I was pleased with the updates. They have added a lot of interpretive material in the form of "scenes" in the buildings, museum displays, and a number of costumed volunteers. The Civil War timeline was especially helpful. Parking is away from the historical district and a shuttle bus... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I hadn't visited Harpers Ferry in 40 years so was looking forward to taking my teenage daughter who is a Civil War historian. What a nice change to the place! I learned things about industry and transportation during the mid 1800's that I never knew. The buildings and exhibits were very well maintained. The guides were informative and engaging. We... More 

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Farmville, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

My daughters like going to historical sites, so we decided to go to this one. They did the Junior Ranger program that is also at many other parks and enjoyed it. There is not much here. It took a while and putting together multiple signs and pamphlets to determine where the exact location of some things had been. The John... More 

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Baltimore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This was my first visit to Harpers Ferry. What a great place, the Union soldiers were there to keep order, little shops lined Main Street just as if you were there 150 years ago. There were live reenactments and the staff and volunteers were very knowledgeable about the time period and life during the civil war. Beautiful scenery and a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The National Park Service has a wonderful attraction and is well organized to offer it to the visitors. While Harpers Ferry is a real life functioning town, the historical exhibits are seamlessly integrated. The Park Service website is very good and offers good information to organize your visit. The $10 fee per vehicle covers parking and shuttle bus service to... More 

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Athens, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We arrived the morning of the major fire in lower town and learned that as a result, that portion of the park was not available for visits. Instead the park personnel did a great job of showing off the three other areas in addition to the small visitors' center. We went to Murphy Farm, which you can get to by... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Actual visit July 2015 Had and amazing time with my big sister and her family on my 1st visit to West Virginia. It was an amazing walk through this park. I bit scary walking on the side of the railroad tracks but it was well worth the climb. Walking shoe or comfortable shoe is a must

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Additional Information about Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Address: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6298
Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Harpers Ferry
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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