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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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We are national park fans and this one was great! We took the shuttle to downtown and wish we had more time to explore it further. The "town" was like walking back in time. Will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Long Island, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We are national park fans and this one was great! We took the shuttle to downtown and wish we had more time to explore it further. The "town" was like walking back in time. Will plan to go back for more exploring!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing, not-to-be missed experience. Learn about the civil war, the people who lived and fought in the town, and about the zealous John Brown who's one joust against slavery may have precipitated the civil war. This is not a one-sided presentation of history though. Both sides were well represented which made for a thought provoking visit that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I walked across the footbridge from the C&O Canal Towpath. I love that the park is accessible this way. You like history? You can find that here. You like being out in nature? You can do that here. You like good food and local shopping? That's here too. This park has something for everyone.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Harpers Ferry is a quaint WV town that sits at the confluence of the Potomac & Shenandoah rivers. The beauty alone is astounding, but throw in the history of John Brown's raid and the Appalachian trail and you've got a place for the whole family. We visited the John Brown Museum and re-discovered an important part of American history that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Really love this place - been here a few times now. This time I took my parents and they loved it. A family friendly place which has little bit of everything; water rafting, museums, small shops, history, and restaurants. Must visit place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Visited the area after GeoWoodstock XIII... Enjoyed the sites and walking part of the AT trail. Beautiful and intriguing.

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Sonoma, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Easy to find, welcoming to tourists and dogs, and gorgeous vistas. Hiking trails of different levels.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Took the bus from the visitors center. Lots to see. Spent 1/2 a day here and was able to see most things. Wish I had time to stay for the Ranger tour but I didn't. One can learn so much from the Rangers vs just reading the plaques.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

My girlfriend, her 10 yo son and I spent the day on Sunday before Memorial Day. We had a great time. We could have spent 3 days exploring. We took a tour called "Top Down", beginning at the visitor center with a bus to former Storer College positioned at the top of town. Our walking tour was led by Jim... More 

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Jim P, Volunteer In Parks at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, responded to this review

Sir, I want to thank you for taking the time to help promote your National Parks. The 'Harpers Ferry From the Top Down' tour is offered every Sunday at 11 am, meeting at the Harpers Ferry Visitors Center at 171 Shoreline Dr, Harpers Ferry, WV. We do love to see the young folks visit their heritage at all National Parks... More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The National Park Service has made a great historical site a very interesting place to visit. Take the shuttle bus from the Park Service lot at the top of the hill on Rte. 340. There is extremely limited parking space available in the town itself. During most weekends, there are activities related to the historical period - from gun manufacturing... More 

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