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“Best hiking place with lots of history”

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 February 26, 2013

Harpers Ferry has really two parts to it, one is the historical center the other is the national park with great hiking trails. Both are fantastic. Historical center offers a nice glimpse into the history of the place and is fantastic for children. Hiking trails are of varying difficulty and can be enjoyed by everyone. The only problem are people hiking with unleashed dogs on the trails.

Thank Agnes L
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

This is a great park for a lot of historical information and also a way to lose yourself in a day of walking, learning and hiking. The town connects to multiple trails including the Appalachian trail. It is simply an all around wonderful site.

Thank JPenguin718
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Harper's Ferry is a small village that played a critical role during the US Civil War. There are several open, self-directed exhibits to fill you in on life in the mid-1800s.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

What a great experience !!! Beautiful views, nice people, great food, and history history history!!!! Can't wait to go back!

Thank 1995win
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Harper's Ferry used to be cluttered with cars and over-run with people and traffic. Ever since parking was removed from the downtown area, it has greatly improved the experience of seeing this small, important town. The town, known mostly for John Brown's raid, was also a key part of Lewis and Clark's adventure and was featured throughout the Civil War. The AT runs through the area now and there are a lot of beautiful trails, including the C&O towpath. If history isn't your thing, go for the beauty and the hiking. There is limited parking near the train station, but get there early. There are some small shops and places to eat, but nothing really stands out as a must visit, other than the NPS visitor's gift shop, which is well stocked and has helpful staff on hand.

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