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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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Address: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
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+1 304-535-6298
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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Hiking Marylands Heights

Great hike up the Marylands heights trail but be ready for a very steady climb for a mile plus then down to the over look of Harpers Ferry. Strenuous yes - Rewarding Vista - Yes

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Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great hike up the Marylands heights trail but be ready for a very steady climb for a mile plus then down to the over look of Harpers Ferry. Strenuous yes - Rewarding Vista - Yes

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Rochester, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Harpers Ferry suddenly appears as you have entered a national park. It is a somewhat surreal experience, as you are passing by a forested area, and, suddenly, a small town appears. Harpers Ferry has narrow streets lined with shops, restaurants, and historic structures. It's a pleasure to roam the streets and view this historic area.

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Macungie, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped in Harpers Ferry to ride our bikes on the C and O trail. We spoke to 3 different Park service employees who told us how easy it was to put our bikes on the bus and just "cross the bridge" and get on the trail. Not one person mentioned that you have to carry your bike down a... More 

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Thank Sue M
Jonesville, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is yet another of our national treasures. Typical of the national park service, the staff are friendly, helpful and as accommodating as possible. The staff opened the visitor center a few minutes early to allow my elderly mother a warmer place to await the first shuttle of the day. Later that day, the shuttle driver obviously saw my mother... More 

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Thank Lynn R
Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped by Harpers Ferry from the C & O bike trail. My husband and I loved that it was bike- and pedestrian-friendly around the town, and we appreciated the public bathrooms! I enjoyed the educational video, very close to the information center, and we really loved reading about the town's history on the plaques and signs everywhere along the... More 

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Bath, Maine
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

True to the nature of the National Park system, the trip to Harpers Ferry will not disappoint the young or the old. The hiking trails offer differing levels of paths to explore, for the casual stroller to the experienced outdoorsman. The town itself offers is a very well preserved, where one can amble cobbled streets to explore store fronts that... More 

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Silver Spring, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited for Mother's Day and really enjoyed the area. It is like a mini-Pittsburgh with river views and a hilly town. The informative stops were great for all ages. Be sure to check out the water level measures on the side of the barns. Pretty amazing how many floods Harpers Ferry has endured.

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a SMALL lot that is free to park near the highway at the bottom of the hill, but do not park illegally - you will get a ticket. There is a free bus that will take you down to the town from the parking at the top of the hill. If you do the NP passport stamps -... More 

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Thomasville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit in a step back in history. I would recommend this location as a great place to visit during a visit to Harpers Ferry.

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Harper's Ferry National Park is like a trip back in time. You pay at the entrance, drive in and park in the very ample lot. You then walk a short distance to catch the bus that takes you to the old town. There is the very interesting and semi-interactive John Brown museum as-well-as other museums, and many old buildings that... More 

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