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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
+1 304-535-6298
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Interesting, and so much history.

We hiked in the Maryland highlands to get the overview look of the town. It was a hot and humid... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2016
Lori Z
Iowa City, Iowa

Skip the Stairmaster--there are enough steps here to give you killer calves--which will get you in... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2016
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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 26 August 2016

We hiked in the Maryland highlands to get the overview look of the town. It was a hot and humid day, even though much of the hike is in the shade. I was disheartened to climb up so far, only to have to descend a...More

1  Thank Lori Z
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Skip the Stairmaster--there are enough steps here to give you killer calves--which will get you in shape for the rock climbing, AT hiking, tubing, cycling, museum hopping, and shopping that Harper's Ferry offers. Plenty to do for everyone, and an easy train ride from DC.

Thank oliver57
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Needed more time to explore. Stayed for a quick history lesson by the water which was very educational. I couldn't walk to walking bridge next to the train. It was in great shape but I looked down and freaked myself out.

Thank Simplywild
Reviewed 26 August 2016

I had never heard of the Niagara Movement. A black civil rights organization started in 1905 by W.E.B. DuBois & William Monroe Trotter. A precursor to the NAACP. Very interesting history lessons throughout Harper`s Ferry presented in its many museums. Quite informative. We took the...More

Thank SylRickTraveler
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Harper's Ferry is beautiful! The Park rangers are so friendly and helpful. We learned so much. If you into walking, biking or hiking, this is def the pace for you. The Appalachian Trail runs right through the middle of town. But if you are like...More

Thank nana9359
Reviewed 24 August 2016

I learned a lot. Very interesting. I have always wanted to visit Harpers Ferry and I am glad I finally did.

Thank betz_12
Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you love American History, this is a place for you! Harper's Ferry is included in "1000 places to see before you die in the USA". I parked in the parking lot and took a hike to town through waterfalls. Usually, people take the bus,...More

Thank Jurgita C
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We parked at the visitor centre and took the shuttle bus to the lower town as we thought this was the only option but we did see cars driving around the town. There is a $10 entrance fee but it's worth considering the America the...More

2  Thank PandyPandora
Reviewed 21 August 2016

A quick stop to get our bearings -- lots of information, maps, brochures, etc., with easy parking. Easy to find, just across the highway from the park entrance.

Thank Carol J
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I would suggest you begin your day at Harper's Ferry at the National Park site since parking in the town can be a predicament. There is plenty of free parking, but a $10 National Park fee for entrance. There is a shuttle bus which passes...More

2  Thank bobalcorn5
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12 June 2017|
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Response from RayNS1914 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response. David is right. Drive down to the end of the entrance road and turn left. You will see parking above and to your right on a hill.
Zuolin C
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
25 May 2017|
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Response from JackieL914 | Reviewed this property |
There are tons of picnic tables at the visitors center!