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“History all around.” 4 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
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!
Bunker Hill, West Virginia
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“History all around.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

If you're a history buff, then this place is for you. Lots of things to see and do. Can be a little touristy. I like to go and walk on my own, no tours.

Visited June 2012
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“Gorgeous view of the Shenandoah and Potomac”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Listening to those National Park Rangers give the history about John Brown who seems to me to be a bit of a rogue (I think he was hung outside the nearrby Charles Town courthouse), was fascinating. They certainly know their stuff and go out of their way to make it interesting.Seeing the train disappear through the tunnel and then climbing up to Jefferson's stone to admire the view that Jefferson himself used to enjoy makes for an interesting and informativee day out. This is where the Shanandoah and Potomac meet. This is truly must visit if you are anywhere near this location. Park up at the carpark provided by the national parrk service and stroll around this historic town. This is one of my top choices in and around Virginia. I know it is in West Virginia but if that hadn't seceded from the great state of Virginia we could have claimed it as our own. I take all visitors from the Uk there. They all love it.

Visited August 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Better than you expect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

This is is real treasure, plus it gives us a glimpse back at the Civil War era. Low cost, buses take you to esch srea and besutiful dcenery. This atteaction can get crowded and its best to arrive early. Will take 3-4 hours minimum to see most if the area, more if you are a history buff.

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Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Confluence of the Shenandoah & Potomac rivers.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

A great place to spend a weekend soaking up Civil war history. Think John Brown. The scenery is fantastic in the area as you cross the Potomac & Shenandoah rivers. Get out of your car & walk along the rivers & fish if you want--with license--go to the museums & stores in Harpers Ferry or go a mile or two up the road to apple orchards & flea markets.

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Abingdon, Virginia, United States
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“Diversified History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Beautiful location and scenery. Lots of other history took place here beside John Brown's raid so allow time to learn it all. Disappointed that you should not drive there, but bus trip was okay to town. Much more walking than we realized occurred, but pretty day for it.

Visited November 2012
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