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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Address: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6298
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, National Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, White-water rafting
Owner description: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is indeed one of the crown jewels in the National Park...
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Type: Historic sites, National Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, White-water rafting
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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150 reviews 150 reviews
81 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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121 reviews 121 reviews
72 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It's a great place for spending couple of hours. You can find it out picturesque. Park your car at visitor center, outside the town, & take a shuttle or just park near train station inside the town if you can find a spot. I was there on Saturday & did not pay any fee for entrance. Walked around for 3... More 

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Beautiful, wonderful and wild, West “by God, smile when you say it”, Virginia! The first thing you notice is the fresh, clean air! There is an abundance of wild life in "them thar hills"! I thoroughly enjoyed walking around this very historical area. The people are friendly and full of wonderful stories of the life of the residents back in... More 

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Dallas, TX
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

parking a challenge...you'll get a ticket, don't panic, it's your park entrance fee. Walk up to Jefferson Rock...supposed site where John Denver came up with song Country Roads. Go a little further up to the cemetery and old church.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Have been here a couple of times. The park has a wide variety of activities ranging from seeing historical sights such as John Brown's Raid features, Jefferson Rock, as well as beautiful trails. On busy days, you must park at the NPS lot, but when not busy, you can park down by the train station in town and cut out... More 

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