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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.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park reviews
seeing the river for the first time in real life it was super fun experience to see for your self it
seeing the river for the first time in real life it was super fun experience to see for your self it more »
Very well organized. Parking lot is up the hill from the town, with the visitor center. To get into town, you can walk or take the shuttle. We choose to walk down and took the shuttle back up...
Very well organized. Parking lot is up the hill from the town, with the visitor center. To get into town, you can walk or take the shuttle. We choose to walk down and took the shuttle back up... more »
We used our senior Park Pass to park at the train station lot. Apparently now there is something one can buy to hang it from the mirror, but I lay it on the dash. It was good enough. Though we...
We used our senior Park Pass to park at the train station lot. Apparently now there is something one can buy to hang it from the mirror, but I lay it on the dash. It was good enough. Though we... more »
A lovely place to go for a day trip or a quick hike. Though I've passed by this place many times, I've never stopped in the little historic town. The little town has a really interesting history and it was fun to step back in time. Also they have great shops for Christmas gifts. I am definitely coming back to try the restaurants and cafes.
One of the best views of Maryland into Virginia. The town itself is beautiful and well preserved. The locals are very friendly and welcoming. The National Park parking fee is $20 to park a standard vehicle. $15 for motorcycles. There’s a free bus that take you to the lower part of town where there are shops and restaurants. You can cross the bridge by the railroad to get to the overlook trail. It’s around 6 miles round trip. It’s a good hike. Not too steep or rocky. The paths are clear and mostly gravel with a few rocky patches. Bring your camera! There views are great in Autumn.
Quaint town chalked full of important history! We visited Friday @3:30pm and it was a quiet peaceful place. This was in sharp contrast to our visit on Saturday morning! This previously quiet place was bustling and busy, full of hikers, people in search of good food or soaking up the significance that surrounded them. I definitely recommend stopping by just make a note that if you visit on the weekend the limited parking in town fills up fast. They do offer shuttles from the visitor center 2 miles away and they come about every 10-15 minutes. Just make sure to account for the extra time if you are limited!
It was my first time in West Virginia and visiting this national historical park too. Parking - if it’s a nice day on a weekend weather wise get there early (8AM or earlier) to get a parking spot. I think there’s a shuttle near by but I couldn’t personally find it myself. Hiking- there are three multiple mile trails to select from which was awesome. Again, hitting the trails early help avoid that afternoon rush. My date and I did the C & O trail which was mainly flat and an a easy walk. Loved the rivers which was rapids but then went to a smooth calming water later. Sites - we also checked out Jackson’s rock which was cool. If you walk up the steps into the cemetery you get a nice view of the mountains and rivers. Food - pack a lunch on a nice weather day because the 4 restaurants open within walking distance from the park where packed. Overall, great place to visit for history and a good hike too.
It's a beautiful downtown in the fall with a few places within walking distance to hike. Lots of small shops and restaurants. The views are great too. Almost no parking in downtown proper. Best bet is to buy a park pass (3 days is ~$20) and just take the shuttle in. It runs every 15 minutes or so.
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