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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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Hilton, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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172 reviews 172 reviews
68 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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Delaware
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have always wanted to say at B&B. We Stayed at the Laurel Lodge which is highly recommended. Clean, cozy and the breakfast was superb. This town has some very neat shops and restaurants. We really enjoyed our little get away. There are bike paths and don't for get the appalachian trail. I had never heard of John Brown until... More

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Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The town has numerous buildings designated as National Park sites and in each one, the visitor can see exhibits and read about the important events that took place in the town. In a few locations there are short films that narrate the events and explain the importance of the site. For those interested in the Civil War, this town is... More

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Townbank
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Realistic, well maintained and historically accurate. Not much to dislike other than parking is tough so take the shuttles. Spend time walking over the bridge, the canal path and river walks. The Potomac and Shenandoah are amazing. Also if you have the stamina and are a hiker go to Maryland Heights its a great view. A lot to see and... More

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Deptford, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We visited this past weekend and attended the re-enactment of the capture of John Brown. Learned some new things about it, and we found the presenters to be very engaging.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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388 reviews 388 reviews
224 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

While I couldn't help myself from playing John Denver's "Take me home, Country roads" while I visited, I found this park a little less than one of my highlights. There is a shuttle that takes you down to the historic sites, this just seems like a waist in my mind but maybe it wasn't as crowded as it can get... More

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Harrisburg
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

If you've never been here, 'ya gotta go. Site of the great John Brown raid that helped ignite the civil war. The lower town is in a "hole" surrounded stunning scenery and mountain cliffs, alongside the Shenandoah and Potomac river rapids. Great guided and unguided tours, lots of historic buildings, hiking galore on great trails (ranging from easy ones for... More

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