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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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Good history and great scenery

Getting in you have two choices, the bus from the visitor center or driving through Harpers Ferry and up the hill to the administrative park services buildings and the cemetery... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Getting in you have two choices, the bus from the visitor center or driving through Harpers Ferry and up the hill to the administrative park services buildings and the cemetery. Take the time to make the drive up the hill and visit the cemetery, the views are beautiful. Also from the cemetery you have the option of hiking down to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It brings you back in time when life was simpler and during the civil war. The mountains and the views are so beautiful and just green every where. They have people in character in the shops and around this location makes it so interesting to show how far we've come as a country. This is a place you must see.

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Dumfries, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had'nt been to Harpers Ferry, so we decided to go one weekend and I am glad we did. This area is full of American history. You can also do some shopping. We went in May and there were some people but not many, which made walking around without bumping into anyone alot easier. It was a quiet, tranquil, peaceful,... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You do have the option of stopping at the visitor center and riding the shuttle bus to various points or driving into town. Driving into town can be hard to find a spot to park though. The visitor center does require either the annual pass or a carload payment of $10. Still a good investment. You can walk into town... More 

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Cottonwood, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Location-Location-Location. Three states, two bridges, a canal and everywhere GREEN. A climb to Jefferson Rock is a must as the view from there is gorgeous. There was even a train going through town while we visited which made everything even more authentic in this historic small town. Parking is an issue so you must park in the designated parking lot... More 

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After taking the bus from the Visitor's Center, our first stop was at Bolivar Heights, where it was recommended that we get off and have a look at the beautiful scenery and the historical location. There was also a comprehensive talk by a volunteer ranger, with a history lesson from the Native Americans to today! Loved it! Returned to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The park comprises land in 3 states and is not connected. I strongly urge you to spend the money and hire a tour guide. We had a wonderful guide who was raised in the area and his father was in charge of the park at one time. Parking is a premium in the old town section, be ware. Much national... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lots of history, lots of scenery, lots of outdoor activities. When we visited in July, there were a lot of civil war reenactors and an encampment set up which added to the historical significance of Harpers Ferry.

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park has potential, but as it stands right now, it isn't a terrific place to vacation with kids. It is a lot of history, self guided touring and reading. Because of the geography/topography of the landscape, it's a lot of walking up and down hill. The scenic views are awesome, but aside from that, and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always enjoy our visit. Everyone is nice. We usually find something we missed the last time we were there. Love the history.

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