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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This was like a mini Williamsburg, Va in the historic old town. The park service provides good bus transportation from the visitors center. The free tours from the park service in the battlefields is worth the time for any history buffs. Make sure you have Off/bug repellent with you because the gnats in the area are often overwhelming in the... More

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Temecula, California
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37 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is AMAZING!!! Our National Park system keeps this area & the shops- from yesterday year, WONDERFULLY!! I ate great food @ the restaurants, who by the way is doggie friendly on the patio... shops were doggie friendly too!! I LOVE history.. I can't believe how great this area is preserved!! Many famous explorers used this... More

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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195 reviews 195 reviews
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Neat place to stop and see. Many historical things to see. Be prepared to do a lot of walking to see individual places. Park at the Historical Park for $10 and take the bus to town. Neat shops and restaurants. Historic place that is worth to see and experience.

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing piece of history! If you are an adventure and history seeking individual this is a must see. Many small museums and an abundance of hiking trails. Some small shops and a few cafes. There are a couple of bed and breakfast locations as well. If you want something to eat I would suggest you choose one... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

We needed a quick get-away, so we got up late one Sunday morning and drove to Harpers Ferry West Virginia. It is this thick with American history, it is a gorgeous town to see and hike, it is only hours away from Harrisburg PA, DC, Baltimore, and many other major cities but people fail to take advantage of it. First... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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101 reviews 101 reviews
51 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

What a historic little town! It is small enough to walk around and not crowded....it does feel like a movie set! The setting on the point of the rivers converging is so scenic that you want to stay.

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Woodstock, nb, canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This park is just beautiful. It is divided into five parts that you must drive to, or take a shuttle bus, which is included in the price of admission. We chose to drive. The nature of the battlefield is such that you have to hike along paths to see the majority of the sites. This was a problem for us... More

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Newark, Delaware
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I spent the day here with my sister and my mom and everyone enjoyed it very much. There were definitely a lot of people around, but everyone was happy doing their own thing, and it didnt feel overly crowded. There was also a nice mix of people, from experienced hikers using the trails, families with small children playing in the... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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87 reviews 87 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We didn't take a guide but found our way around easily, reading up on the various historic events around the village. We had a picnic on the Potomac river's edge - clean enough to sit on the sand and eat. We watched the rafters go by - next time! I would recommend Harpers Ferry as a brief day stop as... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Ever watched the movie Silent Hill? The historic part of the town eerily feels similar to that movie's set before the fog and ash blanketed it.. We like to visit HF during fall. It is the perfect setting for Halloween shivers- uninhabited colonial houses on a hillside location, antiquated train station, a church and cemetery on top of the hill,... More

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