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“Great Family day at a National Treasure” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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!
Quarryville, Pennsylvania
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“Great Family day at a National Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

First time taking my family here. I loved coming back with them since visiting with my parents 25 years ago. The $10/car cost to visit is well worth the price. Start at the visitor center and catch a shuttle to the Lower Town. Plan on at least 6+ hours to really see and experience all their is to see and hike. If you have Children be sure to stop at the information center and ask about the Jr. Park Ranger program that is available at every national Park for little or no fee. It really helps kids of all ages to understand why the park is important. It also gives you a good idea of what to see and do while there.

Visited May 2013
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“cute self guided tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

This little town was super adorable. You're transplanted right into the heart of civil war history (which normally bores me to tears, but I was surprisingly interested). We visited on sunday before memorial day, which was very busy, but everyone was courteous and patient with the crowds. I recommend giving yourself several hours for wandering, picture taking, and shopping.

Visited May 2013
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Forked River, Nj
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“Harpers Ferry, WV experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

This quaint little town at the tip of WV and across from MD and VA is a place of great cultural importance. It spans a good part of U.S. history : from Geoge Washington's time, to Thomas Jefferson's era with Lewis and Clark, and more than ever with John Brown's Raid, preceding
the Civil War, and then with Robert E. Lee's troops passing through it. Also it was and still is on the route of the C & O Canal as well as railroad passenger and freight lines. It enjoys some
beautiful scenery being at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, and even
has the Appalachian Trail running through it. The town has shops, small eateries, a lots of museums and loads of historical signs and descriptions to read. The Natilonal Park Service operates a shuttle bus from the Visitor Center parking lot, thereby enabling one to walk the town. WORTH SEEING. I must give it 5 circles. Also, it is close to other attractions.

Visited April 2013
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Renton, Washington
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“Beautiful, Historical National Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

This was our second trip to West Virginia and we had to return to Harper's Ferry as it is one of our favorite destinations in WV. We enjoyed the restaurants, shops and getting to walk on the Appalacian Trail. The park is absolutely beautiful. The history of John Brown and his fort are very interesting.

Visited May 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“History with a nice dose of beautiful scenery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

Visiting Harpers Ferry was pretty cool. The little town there is definitely different. Some of the buildings are so old. It was awesome to walk around, read the historical markers, and then grab a beer in town before heading back.

As others have mentioned, the parking was atrocious. Using the shuttle definitely is the way to go. On the day that I visited, there were lots of field trip kids, some better behaved than others. :o) It seemed as though the were not as many kids running around one the bridge or on the other side of the bridge. It was peaceful and beautiful on the other side of the bridge, near the old canal.

There was an interesting museum in town as well as several restaurants and bars. A nice place to grab some lunch or a beer! While some of the town would have been wheelchair accessible, overall, because of the steepness of the hills and the amount of stairs, I imagine it would be pretty difficult if you had a wheelchair.

Visited May 2013
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