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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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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!
Reviewed June 7, 2012

I hiked the Maryland Heights portion of the Appalatian Trail with my boyfriend up to the Harpers Ferry overlook. It was fabulous. It's on Sandy Hook Road across from the two bridges that lead into Harpers Ferry; you'll see a small parking area near there. You can also walk across the bridge into WV. Bring lots of water and some food.

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Reviewed June 4, 2012

This is a good one folks. Jim and Howard did an excellent job of making history come alive in a place that has volumes of it.

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Reviewed June 4, 2012

Harpers Ferry is a great NPS area to visit for the mountain and water gap beauty, trails, history of Civil War and Transportation and much more. Two rivers meet there, The C&O Canal is there. Two railroads of early USA importance pass through. The town has much to offer. Jim led a great tour based around the pre-Civil War attack by John Brown on the US armory there, details of the very large armory and arsenal, and battles throughout the war over the area. He made history very alive and interesting. A lot of industry started there because of the water power supplied by the rivers. The water gap in the mountains was the early passage to the west.

Besides the NPS grounds the town itself is full of interesting sites and activities. One could spend a few hours or a few days there. We will go back to see and enjoy more. The NPS runs a shuttle bus from their visitors center to the Lower Town so parking is not an issue in town.

Harpers Ferry is 55 miles up the Potomac River from Washington, DC and three states meet there. The Appalachian Trail passes through town. Lewis and Clark went through there to the Northwest USA. It is a walking town so wear walking shoes and bring your camera. A water bottle is good to have for a hike across the railroad/walking bridge or up the trails to scenic overlooks.

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Jim and Howard did an excellent job of making history come alive. They were very informative. A great insider view of Harpers Ferry history.

3  Thank Kelly V
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Harpers Ferry has a lot to offer but you must be willing to walk and explore to truly experience the great area and what it has to offer - the park itself has some nice trails that run along the Potomac River, sandy beaches, historical ruins, part of the canal that houses snapping turtles, painted and other turtles, carp, heron - nature abounds if you are looking for it - of course, for you shoppers, there's some quaint shoppes, the Vintage Lady has some nice women's clothing, jewelry, and kids stuff, the fair trade shop is a good place for gift ideas, and my favorite place to shop is the Outfitters - nice hiking clothes. If you're up for some cardiovascular action, Maryland Heights is a good hike, halfway up is a great vantage point of "downtown" Harpers Ferry - it's about a 90 minute hike round trip - for the more ambitious, you can take the hike to the top about a 2 hour hike (more or less). Of course for the Civil war buffs, this is the place to soak up the rich history. The Appalachian trail run through the town and the C&O canal is easily accessible from Harpers Ferry via a trestle bridge - love to hear the sound of the trains whistle (CSX) and of course Amtrak makes a stop for commuters. Rent a bike and ride the canal path to Shepherdstown or go kayaking or river rafting - plenty to do. Of course, for the gamblers, Charles Town Hollywood Casino is just down the road!

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