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“A place everyone can enjoy!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
+1 304-535-6298
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Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, White-water rafting
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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!
Baltimore, Maryland
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“A place everyone can enjoy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2007

It is amazing that so much history is tied together at Harpers Ferry. Historical figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee and of course John Brown all have links to this historic spot.

The National Park Service has done a great job of preserving the past. After you park at the visitor center you take a shuttle bus down to the Lower Town. The town has many original buildings and some very interesting museums on John Brown and the Civil War. There are also buildings with exhibits on the Lewis and Clark, 1800's industry, archeology and the geology of the area.

If you walk along the Shenandoah canal by the bus stop in town you can see many old building foundations and ruins. And there are several spots where you can walk down to the river.

I recommend going up the stone steps to see St. Peter chapel. And if you keep going you will pass an old church ruin and Jefferson Rock. The view from Jefferson Rock is nice. The walk, like most of the town, is up a steep hill so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

The walk across the railroad bridge is also nice. From the bridge you get great views of the two rivers and the surrounding mountains. You can also see the remains of old bridges that used to cross the river. When you get to the other side you are in Maryland and can follow the C&O canal along the Potomac River.

Overall, I think this is a place that everyone can enjoy and definitely spend a whole day . I don' t think a place exists that better combines such beautiful scenery and such compelling history.

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South Fork, Pennsylvania
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“Amazing views, well worth the hike.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2006

An early morning hike up, (and I mean UP!) the Maryland Heights Trail was the perfect way to start the day at Harpers Ferry, WV. Just be sure to dress for the climb and carry a water bottle. The Stone Fort trail is very steep in places but is well worth the effort. The remains of a civil war encampment and spectacular views await you on top of the mountain. On the way down we added the Cliff Overlook trail to the end of our hike and were rewarded by a breathtaking view of Harpers Ferry.

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“What a waste of time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2006

There is nothing for kids to do the were bored and wanted to leave. And as far as the shuttles from the vistors center the drivers were rude and not very friendly. If you are old and like this kinda of stuff , fine but do your kids a favor and don't punish them with this trip.

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Madisonville, Tennessee
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“Great Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2006

We boarded a bus at the Visitor's Center and were taken to the "Lower Town". The three of us and one other person were on the bus. The buses leave every 10 minutes from 8:00 a.m. to after 5:00 p.m., so it's easy to get there and get out. If you have a problem with walking, then you'll have a problem here. All the buildings in the lower town are built up on a hill because of all the flooding they've had over the years. It was tough to push the baby's stroller around, so we took turns and got a workout. It's a great view of the Potomac River and you can walk across a bridge that is connected to a working railway. There is a beautiful church on the hill that you can walk up to. There are a couple of museums, places to eat, and a couple of shops. We were there around 8:30 a.m. and most things don't open until 11:00, so we didn't get to see much. It's a very peaceful place and you can literally walk down the middle of the street without worrying about being run over. I thought the park employees were very friendly.

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Fort Recovery, Ohio
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“One of the Nation's Best National Parks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2005

Interpretative tours. Living history exhibits. Cultural displays. Engaging conversation. An experience to remember. The National Park Service has outdone itself with its presentation at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. My family and I have been to Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Badlands, Gettysburg, and the Arch, just to name a few. Clearly, Harpers Ferry is included in the list of top national parks in the United States. Just an hour of DC, there is no one who can afford to miss this turning point piece of the country's heritage. Thanks to the National Park Service for making this a memorable trip.

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