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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
+1 304-535-6298
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks
Activities: Hiking, White-water rafting
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... more » 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! « less
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We have been many places across the United States and have seen so many beautiful places. Although most people go here for the historical significance, it is one of my favorites because it was actually my first date with my wife. I think on that date I knew she was the one. This review will probably not help you decide... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

"Top down" park guide was great! Ask at visitor center, ranger or shuttle driver what time, bus left from visitor center not lower town. It included a bit of all: drive through 21st century Harpers Ferry, drive by Bolivar battlefield, walk with great views, narrative history Storer College, Lockwood house, Jefferson rock, App Trail and more. 2 guides both super... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We rode the Park bus free (we have a free Senior National Park Pass) from the Park Center to the town area of Harper's Ferry where we strolled around the picturesque area. We took photos of the Shenandoah River & the Potomac River, the track tracks entering the tunnel (the Appalachian Trail runs alongside the tracks crossing the Shenandoah River),... More

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Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We knew a little about the history of Harpers Ferry before we visited this National Park but when we left, we knew a TON more. We stopped by the visitors centre and talked with the volunteer rangers and they suggested we go on the 'Top Down Tour'. We did and it was excellent. The two rangers who guided us through... More

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Damascus, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I went here because my aunt lives in WV and it's all the rage. There's the small town of Harpers Ferry and a trail you can walk up into the mountains. The town was okay nothing really to see. The trail was very long and tiring, But I think it's worth the view when you eat lunch up there. I... More

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East Brunswick
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The park is a national park site, so entry is only $10 per vehicle...you can enter the park, walk the trails & tak the shuttle to town to walk around & see the sites---you only need a day--2 MAX if you're an avid biker/hiker.

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I knew about John Brown from a HS report and various documentaries. Little did I know the complex nature of this small town wedged between 2 rivers and mountain ridges. The visitor center is small but the rangers are informative. A shuttle comes by about every 10 to 15 minutes and drives about 2 miles down to the town below.... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

the area the history the shops the hiking ... everything in this area is a great time....tubing down the Potomac ......make it a family trip .. you will enjoy it

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Richmond, Kentucky
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Make sure you stop by the Visitors Center. The lady was very helpful with appropriate maps and what to expect with parking since parking is very limited and there is also a shuttle to take folks there. I really enjoyed walking the streets and the architecture and history of the town is so interesting.

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Virginia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I have visited Harpers Ferry this weekend for the umpteenth time over my 50+ years. It had been 10 years since my last visit but it seemed much the same. It struck me there are 3 places there: the town, the Park and the River. They seem to exist separately with lots of disconnects between them. This is about the... More

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