Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry

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At Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, you'll see the center of 19th century industry. The park features many small museums and exhibits, battlefields, uninhabited hillside houses, and picturesque streets. Take a guided tour with a ranger and hear about the town's history, which began 8,000 years ago. See galleries such as the wax museum, the blacksmith shop, and the clocks and jewelry exhibit, or visit the bookshop, tavern, and the dry goods store. Plan your visit in advance in order to get the most out of this attraction. For Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and beyond, use our Harpers Ferry day trip planning app to get the most from your Harpers Ferry vacation.
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  • Easy to walk aroung the park. Bus/tours are available. Information is you want to go it on your own also. 
    Easy to walk aroung the park. Bus/tours are available. Information is you want to go it on your own also.  more »
  • A small, historical, national park. A small parking lot in the town itself, or you can park by the visitor center and pay $20 for the shuttle (per car), free if you have the America the Beautiful NPS....  more
    A small, historical, national park. A small parking lot in the town itself, or you can park by the visitor center and pay $20 for the shuttle (per car), free if you have the America the Beautiful NPS....  more »
  • I live close enough to take a day trip to this lovely park. You can visit the exhibits, hike, or just enjoy the park and the sunshine. You can walk to restaurants for a meal, a drink, or some ice... 
    I live close enough to take a day trip to this lovely park. You can visit the exhibits, hike, or just enjoy the park and the sunshine. You can walk to restaurants for a meal, a drink, or some ice...  more »
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  • This place is small, friendly with beautiful views on the river. Nature at its best. Watching tubers go by was entertaining. The staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed in our Travel Trailer 33ft on site 51. It was a very spacious site. No problems that the portable but stationary bathroom was next to us. The only downfall is the train that comes through quite a bit. It never bothered us but if you were in a tent, yes it could be annoying if not a heavy sleeper. My husband loved the trains. :) A little overpriced for no sewer hookups and having to check out by 11am. Most campgrounds are 2pm.
  • This place is fantastic. Unfortunately I only had a few hours to explore, but it is such a great mix of history and nature and there were some good places to eat. Had a blast talking to other people there who were enjoying a beautiful day. I can't wait to go back (quite a ride from MA, but worth it!) UPDATE: Came back and explored for a full day. This place is great.
  • Historic Lower Town was great! Exhibits are kept in old restored buildings with original streets, alleys and designs. Makes the place feel alive! Wish they had more reenacting staff. Museums were a little sparse, but with great info and good potential. Shopping and ice cream within the village. Great for families! Parking is 2 miles out, with a free and fast shuttle to Lower Town - plan accordingly.
  • I really enjoyed my visit here. The town is basically a historic reserve and museum combined into one. There are plenty of trails and nature surrounding it. I visited the town for a few hours, which is worth the trip. Add the natural surroundings, this is a must see. Parking is a bit away and they have a shuttle, but the walk there was nice.
  • First and foremost, special thanks to C. Webb!!! What an amazing young Man! His professional courtesy, heartfelt compassion, and informative insight was above and beyond anything that I could have imagined. THANK YOU, from me and mine. The park is so clean and very well maintained. The views are amazing. We didn't stay too long, but did get to briefly peruse through the John Brown Museum, the John Brown Fort, and also the Harper's Ferry Train Station just in time to see the arrival and departure of a train. 🚂 We WILL return for sure and I'm already looking forward to it.

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