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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
+1 304-535-6298
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A great historical experience

After taking the bus from the Visitor's Center, our first stop was at Bolivar Heights, where it was... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2016
Middletown, Rhode Island

The park comprises land in 3 states and is not connected. I strongly urge you to spend the money... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2016
Lock Haven
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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” (108 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 20 July 2016

After taking the bus from the Visitor's Center, our first stop was at Bolivar Heights, where it was recommended that we get off and have a look at the beautiful scenery and the historical location. There was also a comprehensive talk by a volunteer ranger,...More

1  Thank SueM1017
Reviewed 19 July 2016

The park comprises land in 3 states and is not connected. I strongly urge you to spend the money and hire a tour guide. We had a wonderful guide who was raised in the area and his father was in charge of the park at...More

1  Thank phishrman
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Lots of history, lots of scenery, lots of outdoor activities. When we visited in July, there were a lot of civil war reenactors and an encampment set up which added to the historical significance of Harpers Ferry.

1  Thank jsk567
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park has potential, but as it stands right now, it isn't a terrific place to vacation with kids. It is a lot of history, self guided touring and reading. Because of the geography/topography of the landscape, it's a lot of walking...More

Thank Katilurn
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Always enjoy our visit. Everyone is nice. We usually find something we missed the last time we were there. Love the history.

2  Thank Ron E
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for a great day out with the family, this could be a great choice, especially for kids. We drove from Bowie, Maryland and spend the day walking around, taking in nature and soaking up all the history that this place had...More

1  Thank nixxs101
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

A historical town with some great history! A good three hours to walk around and see the town but great for hiking! Food ok not thing to great but good for snacking.

2  Thank Chefmanudc
Reviewed 15 July 2016

I really liked the first stop and the volunteer telling us some of the history about Harpers Ferry. She did a great job! Once we arrived to the town we though we would walk to the top of the town first. You have to like...More

1  Thank Jayjay099
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Harper's Ferry is an important part of the United States' history. The story of John Brown's raid is well documented at the site. Preservation of many of the most important buildings is continuing. The other wonderful things about Harper's Ferry are due to the location....More

Thank Fenway1958
Reviewed 14 July 2016

This is a little gem. It has a lovely collection of civil war buildings- and the cannons placed on the hills surrounding the valleys helps you to understand the strife that people experienced during the war. It is the place where Thomas Jefferson was inspired...More

3  Thank KAJMJPM
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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 Deborah F | Reviewed this property |
I like to park near the Park Center, and then take the trail starting at the parking lot to Lower Town (more rarely, the shuttle). If you do that, you can easily stop by the Information Center in the Park Center and ask... More
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!