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“Park up top, hike down, shuttle up. Perfect day!” 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!
Winchester, Virginia
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“Park up top, hike down, shuttle up. Perfect day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

No parking hassles up top. Visitors center is great. They will point you to the trail. Very well maintained and beautiful. And most importantly, ALL DOWNHILL. :-). But it can be steep in places so be a little wary. Takes about an hour down at a leisurely pace. Be sure to stop and read the markers. Once you are walking along the river before you get into harpers ferry, be sure to cross the bridge (turn right, can't miss it) and go onto the island. Great markers with history and you begin to understand the background of this place. The trail will dump you out in the old maintained part of HF. Fantastic. Then at the end of the day, take the shuttle (right where the trail ends) back up to the visitors center and your car. But make sure to eat dinner or at least grab an ice cream before you leave. Lots of great places for that in town!

Visited October 2012
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
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“Best National Park in America”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

I've visited plenty of National Parks but living here, maybe I'm just biased. Spent plenty of weekends visiting downtown as a kid, and went to every Olde Tyme Christmas while a teenager. My husband and I had our first date here, and a year later he proposed at "The Point" that overlooks the meeting of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. (Anyone who ever heard Mrs. Doughtery's story of the two Native Americans for which these rivers were named will see the sappiness in that.) Just recently we had our sons' school pictures (home school, we take care of our own things like this) taken in Harpers Ferry, and they turned out great. The staff is friendly and always willing to stop and answer questions. If they don't know the answer, they will do their best to find the answer. It's our favorite place to visit, any time of year!

Visited December 2012
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“Like in the 1860s”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The well preserved historical town played a really important role in the American Civil War as it is located where the borders of three states meet (West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland) and where the Shenedoah and Patomac Rivers meet. The whole park is very clean. If you really like history this place is for you!

Visited April 2012
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Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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“Visitors Center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Well staffed and helpful - the purpose being to allow visitors to park cars and ride the shuttle to the Old Town area

Visited November 2012
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The Plains, Virginia
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“Gorgeous Historic Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Harpers Ferry is a historic little town, very well preserved in a truly beautiful location---where the Shenedoah and Patomac rivers meet. It is surrounded by high cliffs--part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I believe . . . .and right by the Appalachian Trail. Lots of shops to explore and very nice local people. Not very crowded, due to its somewhat out of the way location, but easy to get to from the cities and major highways. There are easy hkes along thr river or harder ones abive the town and river, that will afford amazing views. Harpers Ferry is a very relaxed and laid back place with an almost western feel . . . one of the prettiest towns I've ever seen, because of the extraordinary location and the well-preserved architecture from days of olde.

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