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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 beautiful place and an important part of US history

What a great place. We drove into the park and actually drove through the town. We realized you had... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jackson, New Jersey
Very interseting and informative visit.

We like the fact that you parked your car out of town and got a free bus into Harpers Ferry. This... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Taunton, United Kingdom
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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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171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
+1 304-535-6298
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a great place. We drove into the park and actually drove through the town. We realized you had to park at the visitors center. From there a bus will take you back into to the town to walk around. The area is really nice....More

Thank Heyguy74
Reviewed 5 days ago

We like the fact that you parked your car out of town and got a free bus into Harpers Ferry. This made it easy to walk round and enjoy the town without dodging traffic. Everywhere you looked there was something to see or a building...More

Thank Horaceonholiday
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were there on a miserably cold, wet day. This limited what we could do but since it was off season, no one was there and were able to drive up to the visitor center. The town itself felt like it had been frozen in...More

1  Thank Tracey L
Reviewed 1 week ago

In addition to a number of small buildings with good displays and information, the park offers hiking and walking trails. We learned a lot about John brown and the battle that preceded Antietam. A great place to visit for history buffs.

Thank Frank282856
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was not on our initial travelling itinerary but we are sure happy we got to visit this historic and beautiful place. It was pretty cold for us with the winds blowing through the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. I couldn't believe how pretty this place...More

Thank AkuByrd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Parking here used to be free. Now they charge an exorbitant rate. You also have to pay via an app which is hard to access because Wi-Fi connectivity is spotty. After we sorted that all out we paid for 3 hours and went on a...More

2  Thank DeepDit
Jim P, Certified Park Guide Harpers Ferry at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You were not within the national park at Harpers Ferry when you encountered that app parking fee and were ticketed. Instead, you were in the corporate limits of the town of Harpers Ferry. For $10.00 - good for three days - you could have parked...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an awesome national Park. Don't waste time trying to find a spot in the town. Use the national parks parking lot and for $10 you get a great ride into town with some stops at the storage places along the way. Once in...More

2  Thank mridge747
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Park on top of the hill and enjoy the leisurely stroll down through the cafes shops and little shops. The historical park might not be of interest for younger kids, but there’s still enough in the area to occupy everyone for a few hours. The...More

Thank Capitol_Backpacker
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice hike which will lead you to stunning view! My 4 year old got a bit tired walking up to the view but slowly and surely we made it. Nice, pleasant time spent with favorite people.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

the town was neat, not too many businesses due to the parking crush! Only free parking is at the Amtrak Station. We got very lucky and pulled in to give the lot a look even though the sign said lot full and a man looked...More

Thank Shawn F
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Response from David W | Reviewed this property |
The overlook on top the hill you can drive up there
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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