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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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Herndon, Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

We love to come to Harpers Ferry,and each time we see something new. It had been a few years since our last visit, and we were happy to tour the restored interiors of some of the historic buildings in the lower town. There are many restaurants and ice cream shops to visit as you explore. Trains pass through town frequently,... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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26 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

We stopped in the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park while driving between Cooperstown and Gettysburg. We were disappointed that the Visitor Center did not have a video to learn more about the history. Although there were shuttle buses we chose to drive and park which did not prove to be a problem since it was mid-week. Pretty views of the... More

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Somerset, New Jersy
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

I was with a group, we prepared for the trip with a film on the battle at Harper's Ferry and John Brown. What a great place to visit! It brought the Civil War to life. We experienced a field artillery performance.. excellent. Our tour guide was fantastic and the scenery was beautiful.

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Hoover, AL
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

I first visited Harpers Ferry in 1998 with a group of Civil War “nuts” (buddies) while we were making a run on the various battlefields of the area (Manassas, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, etc.) Everyone wanted to include Harpers Ferry, but as a group they quickly realized it was not a battlefield, and wanted to retire up in the commercial area for... More

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West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
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115 reviews 115 reviews
51 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

We recently attended a wedding in the area -- it is beautiful with the mountains and the river running through the valley -- the scenery will catch you - lots of hiking opportunities. The biggest surprise was on the Virginia side of the river within 10-15 miles are 20+ wineries.. Most had tasting rooms. We were there for the wedding... More

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New Delhi, India
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Visited the park in early October. although the full colors of falls could not be seen but the drive and the park itself were quite beautiful. There is a $10 fee to enter the park. The rest area has places to eat and a lot of picnic benches to enjoy the food. There is a free shuttle service which takes... More

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Hilton, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I was surprised at how compact the community of Harper's Ferry is. Very few restaurants in the village. Use bathrooms in the Park visitor center where you park and get on a park bus.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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175 reviews 175 reviews
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

It's hard to add much to so many grand reviews, but Mrs. Too and I did happen across small building right on the way from the lower town shuttle stop. It is not prominently marked, just some stenciling on the front glass stating "Harper's Ferry - A Place In Time". Once inside, you will be able to view some artifacts... More

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Pennsville, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Spent the day as I do every year. So much history, natural beauty and of course the hiking. Many park rangers to answer all your questions. Hike above the railroad tunnel or along the river, Visit John Brown's fort.many cafes to eat in.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We stopped for a couple hour visit on our way through, then came back the next day to spend an entire day exploring the town. Harpers Ferry is interesting from multiple angles: (1) the natural beauty of the rivers and surrounding mountains, (2) the activities of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the early pioneers, (3) the race between the Chesapeake... More

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