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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
+1 304-535-6298
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Return trip

Love this historical spot and this return visit was wonderful. We were unaware that there was a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Marilyn V
Powell, Ohio
Lovely old- time Small town

We were there on a weekday in June and were surprised at how empty everything was. You pay $10to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mansfield, MA
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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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“visitor center” (109 reviews)
“civil war” (259 reviews)
“lower town” (119 reviews)
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171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
+1 304-535-6298
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Reviewed yesterday

Love this historical spot and this return visit was wonderful. We were unaware that there was a large fire there in 2015 which was disappointing. Lovely place to stroll.

Thank Marilyn V
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were there on a weekday in June and were surprised at how empty everything was. You pay $10to park by the visitors center. There is not much to see there but there is a free shuttle down to the town. We chose to walk...More

Thank Nebby3
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The setting of Harper's Ferry, the confluence of rivers, the train whistling out of the tunnel and the steep terrain are quite lovely. Nice intersection of the Appalachian Trail and others. The Museum about the black experience here is also quite well done. Other than...More

Thank TruthTraveler
Reviewed 6 days ago

The site of John Brown's stand against slavery during the Civil War. Living history. Staff dresses in period clothing and gives the story of the town. Several buildings, musuems, and shops to explore.

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 6 days ago

Harper’s Ferry history extends much further than the Civil War and the National Park with Old Town restored to the way it looked at the time of the raid as part of the park has to make it one of the most unusual parks in...More

Thank angsw72
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lots of places to explore with self-guided options and tour guide options.Family Friendly and safe. Lots of views so take your camera.

Thank Jannette i
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm only reviewing because of the other review. You pay 10 bucks at the visitor center to get into the park. That's not really different than other national parks. They then have a shuttle that runs every 10 to 20 minutes at no cost. If...More

Thank travelguy1234567
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got here late after the visitors center had closed, but you can still walk around and see the town and displays. There are many spots were you can look at the beautiful scenery and read about the interesting history. Be prepared to walk uphill...More

Thank Josh W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not much time was spent at the visitor center. The three staff members or U.S. Park Rangers were polite, helpful & friendly. Large parking lots with the largest vehicles having plenty of room. Parking is $10.00, however if a visitor is a senior & having...More

Thank Jack L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and the Appalachian National Trail Park in the same town. Excellent place to earn two Jr National Park Ranger badges. The Lewis & Clark trail, the C & O Canal trail, Appalachian trail all intersect here. Lots of hiking all...More

Thank masseycic
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Can you tell me where you parked? Is there a direct path to the overlook?
12 June 2017|
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Response from David W | Reviewed this property |
The overlook on top the hill you can drive up there
Zuolin C
I will be visiting with 3 kids ages 5 and under so I will have both a double stroller and a single stroller. Would it be easy getting on and off the shuttle and just generally getting around the park with those strollers? We obviously won't be doing any strenuous hiking. How long should I budget with kids that age? Thanks.
30 May 2017|
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Response from Deborah F | Reviewed this property |
Probably too late to help you - my vote also would be for the shuttle. The single advantage to parking closer is that you might be able to find a spot at the top of the hill, and that would let you see the higher-up... More
Are there any picnic areas?
25 May 2017|
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Response from JackieL914 | Reviewed this property |
There are tons of picnic tables at the visitors center!