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“Small but effective, informative and fun living museum.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
+1 304-535-6298
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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!
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Small but effective, informative and fun living museum.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Harpers Ferry National Park sits on a peninsula at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. Its history extends from the colonial period through the industrial age and the buildings and information of the park reflect all of that history in an interesting and easy to understand way. Every building represents a building that was there at some point in the history of the city and the curators have done an excellent job of providing both an overview and an in-depth view of Harper's Ferry History. Plus it is fun to go in the buildings and see the recreations of what was going on in that building during a certain time period. There is parking about 2.5 miles away and a bus that brings you back to town, so in the busy season do not bother trying to park in town. The rivers are exquisite. There is a bridge across the river leading to the C&O canal bike and walking path, which is also exquisite and highly interesting. In this area there is hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, boating, museums, a civil war trail and a George Washington Trail. In other words there is a lot to do in the area in addition to the national park. But take your time and enjoy the park - it is worth it.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Loved it. Good hiking, good views, very educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I loved it.. Learned a lot about the history of the place. Absolutely loved the John Brown museum downtown. Very educational. . There are a few smaller museums downtown as well. (Civil War and Lewis and Clark museum). These are very small museums and perhaps not the best museums in the world but still worth a quick visit and still educational in their own right. Downtown also has a few quaint little shops. Some are better than others. One in particular that I enjoyed was all about confectioneries from the 1800's to mid 1900's and the gentleman running that place was a veritable encyclopedia of old-time candy. That's a fun place to check out and buy some old-time candy (and I mean really old-time candy)
There is also plenty of good hiking in the area as well. All in all, I had a wonderful vacation with plenty of hiking and I learned a lot about history. Thoroughly enjoyed my time there
Definitely recommend

Visited March 2013
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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful Views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

The drive from the DC metropolitan area is easy and doesn't seem very long since the scenery is so pleasant. The museum is the town down by the river. There is a small fee to get into the park area which includes a bus shuttle down to the town. Cars can drive down but there isn't much parking; there is also a train station in town, which may have been a fun way to travel. The streets are narrow and steep, so be prepared for climbing. The town is not very big and can be seen in a few hours. There are many merchants in the town for food and gifts and the prices are reasonable. This is also a starting point for many hikers who we met on the bus into town. Bathroom facilities are located in the town and at the park entrance near the visitor center.

Visited October 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Don't miss the Maryland Heights trail !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Going to Harpers Ferry make sure you have 3 hours to hike the Maryland Heights Trail! You can park your car at Train Station (very limited spaces available with a $10 fee), cross the bridge (take pictures of that view), walk the Appalachian Trail (take pictures on the poles that have the AT symbol for your memories), cross the C&O canal and start hiking up the mountain. The overlook trail is the short one and have attonishing views of Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the two rivers: Potomac and Shennandoah. If you have more time and energy go ahead till the end of the trail and enjoy more views and nature.

Visited March 2013
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Green Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great museum in the form of a village!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

When visiting Antietam Battlefield, we decided to take a day to see Harper's Ferry, and we're so glad we did! The various videos along with the buildings and exhibits really gave us a feel for the significance of the town 150 years ago or so. John Brown and the battles fought over Harper's Ferry really came to life when looking at the town's setting from above from Jefferson's Rock, along the Appalachian Trail, which goes right through Harper's Ferry! So glad we saved a day for this little town/national park.

Visited March 2013
Thank Ruth K
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