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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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Address: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6298
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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is indeed one of the crown jewels in...

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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Schedule 4 to 5 hours to really enjoy the town.

This is one of those "do as we say, and not as we do" reviews. We did not allow enough time to really take in the history and the quaint little town. The town is so small that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ossian, Indiana
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Ossian, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of those "do as we say, and not as we do" reviews. We did not allow enough time to really take in the history and the quaint little town. The town is so small that the National Park Service has set up a shuttle bus service from a parking area about a mile out of town. Sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very scenic town, with a lot of history to explore. The Visitor's Center (very helpful staff) is a great starting point with shuttle service to town. Walking around town was an awesome experience - many small museums, a number of shops, nice bookstore, and some nice restaurants. I would plan on spending a good part of the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was just beautiful here. Easy drive from Gaithersburg, so it is pretty easy from D.C. and Baltimore. Scenery is great. Lots of parking at the visitor's center. Do yourself a favor and take the free Park shuttle from the Park to the town of Harper's Ferry. The Park has tons of exhibits in town. There are lots and lots... More 

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Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As I am a history buff, have always wanted to visit. What was even more outstanding than the history was the beauty of the location. Between the rivers, mountains, the town, and the railroads, this is quite a place. Of course the history is here, but the town is remarkably well preserved. Hard to believe this was one of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Buses to the historic area run frequently from the small visitor's center. We learned so much, not just about John Brown but also about the natural and industrial history of the area. The African American history here was fascinating-unknown to us how many brave people struck out for equality from this small town. Go into the "storefronts", listen to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We've been here several times and we see or learn something new every time. There's a lot of different ways to explore the town whether you do it with a tour or on your own, definitely worth a visit.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You can spend a few minutes driving through town or park at the visitor center and take the free shuttle and really get a good look and feel for what this area has been through. So much history and the views of the rivers are amazing especially from the bridge! And I bet it's loud if the train rumbles right... More 

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Oakland, Md
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very interesting place to explore.The only thing to say would be that there are not any signs designation the tour bus stops. If you park at the visitors center and get the bus there it will take you into the town area and pick you up when you are ready. This info is not posted anywhere I saw. Walking is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Harper's Ferry on a very hot day but our tour guide Jim Pience was so informative that it was easy to forget about the heat. He was very knowledgeable about the town as he had lived there as a youngster. The town has been restored and is well cared for. There are a number of small cafes in... More 

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is basically a do it yourself walking tour while i understand that they do have some ranger led tours. Most historical points are well marked and have placards to explain each. The intro video on site and several other videos are good from a historical perspective. We spent about four hours walking the grounds and watching videos.

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