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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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... crossroads of history, humanitarian ideals and civil and military businesses...

Really a park for the total interest that crosses between exploration, history, rail and water companies, civil and commercial services, the transit point of the pioneers and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 May 2016
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Towson, Maryland
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Towson, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Really a park for the total interest that crosses between exploration, history, rail and water companies, civil and commercial services, the transit point of the pioneers and the caravans of the frontier, excellent names of the young American history. The faithful reconstruction of shops, taverns, workshops of artisans of time you enter very easily in daily life of the time... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

We checked out Lower Town that had most of the historical sites of interest (John Brown's fort, etc.). No fee required until you park at the lot by the train station, which was full when we arrived. We ended up parking by the Visitors Center and took the shuttle bus down, which was easy and quick. Lots of hills or... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Similar to other parks in the area, Harper's Ferry is teeming with history around it's beautiful rolling hills. I spent a couple of hours just roaming the hiking trails within the park itself. There are some really great overlooks where you can relax and watch the activity on the river below. After doing some hiking, we then ventured down to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

There is a ton of history here. The shops downtown are very unique and make for a lovely couple hour excursion. The views are beautiful and taking the trip up Maryland Heights is well worth the view.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

We parked on the hill ($10 per car) and took the shuttle down to historic old town Harpers Ferry. There is much to learn - apparently the town changed hands eight times, between the union soldiers and confederates, and much history happened here. Whether you take in the various museums (small scale), historic houses with displays, or just ambled along... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Loved finding out about key events in the civil war, the emancipation of slaves and the historic first college open to all races, which all happened in or around Harper's Ferry. The old town has been restored as a living museum, which is excellently laid out for visitors. Stunning scenery, and wildlife as the Potomac and Shenandoa Rivers meet here...... More 

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

We thought the exhibits were very well done, enough information and interesting pictures. The homes showing how people lived had great displays.

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Woodstown, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

The park is beautiful and well maintained. The rangers and staff were all very pleasant and informative. A great place to understand civil war history and take in the beautiful views.

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Shippensburg, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

We stopped at the visitors center to ask some questions of the park ranger. He was very helpful. We walked the Lower town trail in the rain. Beautiful sights along the way. Most of the hike is along the road but also can see the canal to the right. Walked into town and stopped for lunch. When came out after... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

A truly different National Park. Very interesting and educational. Would have been better if it hadn't rained the whole day but no control over that. Would recommend to anyone who likes civil war history. The town is in a beautiful setting and the buildings are amazing.

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