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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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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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Gorgeous Views & Great History Lesson

We were only in town for a few hours but took a quick tour of the Park and it was gorgeous and we look forward to going back. Amazing views of the rivers and mountain landscape!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 May 2016
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Matawan, New Jersey
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Matawan, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

We were only in town for a few hours but took a quick tour of the Park and it was gorgeous and we look forward to going back. Amazing views of the rivers and mountain landscape!

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Union Bridge, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

So if you live farther away from Harpers Ferry I do recommend that you browse and read the people who have left the "poor" and "terrible" ratings. As for me and my family we loved visiting Harpers Ferry. We live about an hour from here and I had visited many times as a child but my husband and children had... More 

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

Great relaxing place for family, friends and just for one. This historic park is one of the oldest in the area with a tremendous history. State-of-the-art museums are here with great technology describing what put Harpers Ferry on the map. Quaint shops and restaurants (side walk cafes as well). Stroll along the river and enjoy the magnificent view of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

The park service hit a home run with the first class historical village in Harpers Ferry. From Lewis and Clark, John Brown to Stonewall Jackson you will learn history and enjoy walking around the meticulously restored period buildings.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit for a short weekend trip. We walked/hiked over 8 miles and logged over 17,000 steps. The trail leading to the overlook area is a decent workout, but worth the view! It was beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

We have been to many national parks but this is the first that included the whole town. We walked down brick and stone sidewalks past storefronts from the 1800s. Harper's Ferry is at the confluence of 2 rivers. It also had the C&O Canal operating there as well as 3 bridges used by the B&O Railroad. During the Civil War,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Just note really isn't anywhere in Harper's Ferry to grab a sandwich for the trails so bring your own. Also, for coffee we would recommend the Guide Shack up the road in Bolivar - great coffee, yummy muffins, friendly locals and veteran owned (as well as buys from vendors who donated to veteran causes). highly recommend.

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Augusta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 471 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

The park is located near the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. It's open daily and offers free entrance for seniors with national park passes and discounted entrance fees for certain others. There are many activities for young people as well as hiking, museums and a fantastic bookshop for adults and families. Take the bus from the visitor's center... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Civil War and nature combined. Get walks on the C&O trail! This trail is flat so you can walk for miles. A lot of interesting views and flora and fauna to photograph.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

If you have an affection for history, Harpers Ferry is a place to stop. I knew it had an important roll in the Civil War, but there is a lot more to it than just that. I won't spoil it for you by sharing what I learned, but if you're taking a trip thru this part of the country, stop... More 

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