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“Reason to go” 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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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!
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“Reason to go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Fascinating historical location. Loved the book store and the walk on Virginicus Island. Don' t attempt to park in the town; use the visitor's center and ride the shuttle. Cross the river on the footbridge and walk along the canal.

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States
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“I live close and go periodically.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I like the shops-the history is explained in detail either by roadside plagues or specific site information and museum info. And I LOVE the park alongside the Shenandoah River.It is beautiful.

Visited April 2013
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Stephens City, Virginia
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“More than worth your time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

You will be fascinated on what happened here. It's the most famous place you never heard of. Early American History, Civil War History, Civil Rights History, Industrial History, and Transportation history all in one spot. Plan a whole day for your visit

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Enid, Oklahoma
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“Not work the trip”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Not much there. John Brown's Fort remains, but all the other buildings are just the stone outline of the foundations. There is an admission charge of $10. There is signage to tell you about what happened there. Vistor center is very small, with no services like were available at the other parks I visited on this trip.
It was basically an old foundry town that produced ammunition. The federal burned most of it to the ground before they left in 1861

Visited April 2013
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Burke, Virginia
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“Great Day at Harpers Ferry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I'm used to meeting helpful and informative rangers and volunteers at national parks, but our experience last Sunday was really outtsanding. Mr. Jim Prentice gave us a fascinating overview of some rare firearms made at Harpers Ferry, and then explained the layout of the town and arsenal in 1859 and plans for restoring parts of it. Following that, the volunteer at the front desk (and I'm sorry I did not get her name) talked to us more about the town's history and some of the special tours and attractions that are available. Thanks to you both, and to the NPS!

Visited April 2013
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