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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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After visiting Manassas Battlefield we were interested in seeing more. We spent a day touring Harpers Ferry. We found it difficult to find the visitor center. But other than that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Pittsburgh, Pa
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146 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After visiting Manassas Battlefield we were interested in seeing more. We spent a day touring Harpers Ferry. We found it difficult to find the visitor center. But other than that we enjoyed it. You have to park at and take a shuttle to the town itself. The shuttles run constantly so you don’t have a very long wait. You could... More 

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Palos Heights, Illinois
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213 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are other, perhaps more famous, Civil War sites in the area such as Manassas and Antietam. But Harpers Ferry should be required stop for anyone interested in that history. Some of us might remember "John Brown's Raid" in 1859, where Brown - a self-righteous, Bible-thumping,abolitionist - and a force of 20 men captured the Federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take one of the buses towards the entrance of the park. Seem to run pretty frequently. They take you down to the historic town of Harper's Ferry. It appears they have tried to maintain the town as it was when John Brown and his crew raided it in 1859. Nice confluence of rivers. Took the Maryland Heights hiking trail where... More 

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Harper's Ferry National Historical Park several times. I've seen some reviews where people complained that their kids were "bored" or the places were dark or dirty. Before going to Harper's Ferry, you need to do some homework. Let's go over the things it is not and things that it is: There are no rides or attractions... More 

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Hampton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Harpers Ferry is one of those places that has something for everyone. The town itself is adorable, and the National Historic Park is all the way at the end of the road through town. There is a visitor center where they suggest you park and take a shuttle down due to lack of parking. We were able to find the... More 

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Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having been here a few times, I hadn't crossed the river yet, but now I think that's even better. There's a great riverside path (big wide path) going in both directions for as far as you want to walk. Of course the national park is great, too, but it's often very crowded. The bridge and walkway on the other side... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can get a great American history lesson here. From John Brown's famous raid of the federal garrison to the start of the Lewis & Clark expedition, this place should remain preserved and protected by the NPS for years to come. With the active Amtrak route and train station, there is also railroad history, and be sure to check out... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Visitor center is outside of Harper's Ferry proper and buses leave every half an hour to keep automobile traffic to a minimum in the small town. It is possible to drive into Harper's Ferry however and I will next time. Parking in Harper's Ferry in on street, but it gives you the freedom to look around. The John Brown... More 

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Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Harper's Ferry and was surprised by the history and quaint beauty of the town. It really is a walking museum that takes you back in time. We only spent a few hours there on a Sunday afternoon in winter, where the days are short. We managed to capture some beautiful photos over the water as the sunset as well... More 

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Severn, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Historically significant and beautiful place to visit. My family members and I (or I alone) have been many times. Great place to take out-of-towners or anyone.

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