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“Little town with a lot of charm” 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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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!
Frederick, Maryland
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“Little town with a lot of charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

It is so lovely to watch the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet. The scenery is beautiful any time of the year. Shopping and dining is limited but good.

Visited March 2012
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“Great views, Great history, Great hiking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Went here on New Years Eve afternoon and walked around town, popping into several of the free museums. So much history here, and amazing views in this historic town at the intersection of three rivers. On New Years Day, we hiked Bolivar Heights Battlefield for 3.5 miles, which was a decent hike, mostly through fields, although was a good deal of uphill hiking, b/c Harpers Ferry is a very hilly place. We used the map we got in the visitors center, and the trails were very clearly marked with historical information about the battle along the way.

Visited January 2013
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“Beautiful Park and Interesting Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The old town has been converted to a walking museum. There are many interesting videos and informational displays that talk about the history of slavery in the US and how deep divisions led to the Civil War.

Harpers Ferry and the surrounding countryside are beautiful all seasons of the year.

Visited December 2012
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“What a fun national park...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

This was a very fun national park. We parked at the visitor center at the top of the hill. During our visit, we hiked at Bolivar Heights, the upper visitor center and then rode the bus to the lower town. It has been restored to its historical origins and we spent 2 hours exploring. I enjoyed the Civil War museums and the John Brown exhibits. The US Armory was also very cool. There is not much to eat in the area, so you may want to bring your own, but you will thoroughly enjoy the visit.

Visited September 2012
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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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