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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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Address: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6298
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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is indeed one of the crown jewels in...

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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We spent Black Friday opting outside here. We did the Maryland Heights hike and overlooked the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The Visitor's Center left much to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
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Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent Black Friday opting outside here. We did the Maryland Heights hike and overlooked the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The Visitor's Center left much to be desired but the Bookstore on the main street of the actual park was much better. The bus service from the VC to the park was also convenient and much appreciated.... More 

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Montclair, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Park is a beautiful place to visit with many areas to hike. They offer a shuttle that will take you into the old Town of Harpers Ferry. There is a fee to get into the park but no fee for the shuttle. There is very limited parking spaces in the town. The streets are quite steep. The view... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, one is transported back to the 1800’s. Much of the town is nearly as it was at the times of John Brown’s raid in 1859 and the Battle of Harpers Ferry in 1862. We began our visit at the Cavalier Heights Visitor Center. Since there were no parking lots in the Lower Town, this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a helpful Visitor Centre on Shenandoah Street in the lower town of Harper's Ferry. This is a good spot to pick up maps, brochures and other general information related to visits to Harper's Ferry. In addition to staff eager to assist, there is a small exhibition area at the Visitor Centre as well. Here you can learn a... More 

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Georgetown, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is truly the highlight of Harpers Ferry! Bring a good pair of walking/hiking shoes and dress comfortably. The views are spectacular! Lots of different trails up mountains, down by canals and to see the city. Note: parking downtown is impossible...there is none! If you park at the visitor center you can hop on a shuttle that will take you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This little glimpse into history is very well preserved and worth the trip. You are not supposed to be able to drive through the town, so you need to stop at the visitor center and take a 15 minute bus ride to the town. It was a great experience. The little town is full of museums and if you go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was really neat. Be prepared to walk up many stairs of you want to see the church. It is definitely worth it though. The church has a great view and is simply beautiful. Really interesting facts and lots to see. They have some good shows too if you need to rest your legs. :)

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South Riding, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most people go to National Parks in mild weather so they can enjoy walking around--but not us! On a cold (low 30s) day and in the howling wind, we decided to go walk around Harpers Ferry. We froze to death, so that's a downside, but there was hardly anyone else there, so we had the whole town to ourselves (and... More 

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Saratoga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A full day visit to Harpers Ferry, that was one I am glad we did not miss. National Parks has done a great job maintaining the historical area in this town. What is really impressive and makes the trip so much easier is the parking outside the town and the shuttle that runs every say 20 minutes or so to... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You park at the visitor's center and take a shuttle to the main attraction. Both coming and going there appeared to be plenty of shuttles running and we didn't have to wait. When you get to "town", stop in the theater and see the movie for a good introduction. We didn't have a lot of time so we walked around... More 

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