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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
+1 304-535-6298
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Beautiful Visit

Lots of places to explore with self-guided options and tour guide options.Family Friendly and safe... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jannette i
Parking wasn't an issue

I'm only reviewing because of the other review. You pay 10 bucks at the visitor center to get into... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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 yesterday

Lots of places to explore with self-guided options and tour guide options.Family Friendly and safe. Lots of views so take your camera.

Thank Jannette i
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I'm only reviewing because of the other review. You pay 10 bucks at the visitor center to get into the park. That's not really different than other national parks. They then have a shuttle that runs every 10 to 20 minutes at no cost. If...More

Thank travelguy1234567
Reviewed 3 days ago

We got here late after the visitors center had closed, but you can still walk around and see the town and displays. There are many spots were you can look at the beautiful scenery and read about the interesting history. Be prepared to walk uphill...More

Thank Josh W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not much time was spent at the visitor center. The three staff members or U.S. Park Rangers were polite, helpful & friendly. Large parking lots with the largest vehicles having plenty of room. Parking is $10.00, however if a visitor is a senior & having...More

Thank Jack L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and the Appalachian National Trail Park in the same town. Excellent place to earn two Jr National Park Ranger badges. The Lewis & Clark trail, the C & O Canal trail, Appalachian trail all intersect here. Lots of hiking all...More

Thank masseycic
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Listen Harpers Ferry is beautiful and the work they have done on the historic buildings is impressive. But the city and the National Park Service have made their properties almost unreachable because of the ridiculous parking in town. The town forces you to download an...More

3  Thank Matt P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have visited this town for years while growing up. This time around skipped the many historical spots, shops, and eateries for a fabulous hike through the park and town. Great way to experience everything. You can stop as you like depending upon what bits of...More

Thank LolaDelaney
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love walking around Harpers Ferry and seeing the history and the beautiful terrain. it is manageable in a couple of hours and kid friendly.

Thank stasiamarielozinak
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't spend a lot of time here, but we saw there is a shuttle/tour bus near the parking area. I would recommend planning to use that unless your group is up for steep hills. The main street has roots in the Civil War Era....More

Thank Christy W
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an awesome place to visit. You can park your car and take a shuttle or drive through the town. Many things to see, shops, the Episcopal Church (old ruins and new building), the cemetery, you can walk on the Appalachian Trail, it's pet friendly.

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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!