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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

171 Shoreline Dr, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425 USA

Open Now
Tue 9a-5p
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Outdoor
  • No Wifi
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“Journey back; this little town has it all”

A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, is like stepping into the past.  Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields.  Known for its battles during the Civil War, the national historic park is believed to be haunted by ghosts of its past. Many apparitions have been seen here, including a well-dressed man in a brocade vest who glares in a hostile way. A woman and child believed to be the man’s wife and daughter also have been seen. Many other apparitions and phenomena have been reported here, including a whole phantom army that marches down the street. Private ghost tours are offered of the park. Spend a day or a weekend.  We have something for everyone, so come and discover Harpers Ferry!

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  • 42 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
August 28, 2018
Rated 4.0

We really enjoyed our trip here. We were able to take the dog and had a really good time. We stayed in West Virginia but were in Virginia and Maryland too. A cool place that is kid and dog friendly.

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  • 6 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 30, 2017
Rated 5.0

Beautiful place to visit! Lots of walking... but wonderful sites. The foot bridge over the river was awesome... take a lock to hook on the chain link fence too!

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Steven Morgenstein

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  • 14 Helpful
May 14, 2022
Rated 5.0

We didn’t want to spend a day at Gettysburg, so we opted for Harpers Ferry. I agree with what everyone said about it and I would just repeating things.

A few things…if you are driving a car, pickup truck or nothing bigger than a B-Class RV, then you can try and park at the train depot or a parking lot about a 1/2 mile out of town.

If you are driving a big rig or you don’t want to walk from a parking lot, then park at the main parking lot at the visitor center and take the shuttle bus to the town.

There are many restaurants to eat at. But bring water and snacks. Wear comfortable walking shoes and there is a public restroom also.

We spent about 3 hours here, plus lunch.

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  • 11 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 27, 2017
Rated 4.0

We had a good time. The museums are perfect for children, they are not so big that you lose interest. We found the building at different deconstructive stages very interesting. The walking was easy and lovely.

1 person found this review helpful

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Antonio Barbaro

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  • 1 Helpful
January 10, 2016
Rated 5.0

Beautiful place to visit. We took the Maryland Heights trail to view Harpers Ferry from the cliff to watch the sunset. What an unforgettable experience!!

1 person found this review helpful

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  • Road Warrior
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  • 97 Helpful
December 03, 2014
Rated 5.0

Very cute - nice easy walking with great views - must see when around - expect to spend 3 hours.

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  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 21, 2014
Rated 5.0

I love going for their live nativity and see all the Christmas decoration. I can find some unique gifts and enjoy the scenery.

1 person found this review helpful

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Kurt Lundquist

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  • 20 Reviews
  • 18 Helpful
September 16, 2014

Great place to walk around, cut in steps along some of the paths. Educational and beautiful.

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  • 0 Helpful
July 12, 2022
Rated 5.0

Great lunch stop but be prepared to wait for parking and a table. Worth it though- quaint shops, amazing views, and such an adorable historic little town. Don’t expect cell service in this area either.

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June 22, 2022
Rated 5.0

Driving from east to west coast and our first stop was Harpers Ferry!

This a town that was preserved and turned into an outdoor museum of history. You can go into all the buildings and they are each preserved to what it would have been like back in the day! There is even and exhibit where they explained the architectural thought process from way back when.

The hike up to Jefferson’s Rock is a short but steep stair climb away. My husband and I are in our last 20s and we’re huffing & puffing. But the view up there was absolutely worth it.

There are so so many photo ops, so be prepared to take pictures and just be in awe!

The only thing is that there is no parking in the lower town. You have to park about 4 miles away & costs $10-20 depending on your national park pass, but there is a shuttle that leaves every 10 minutes. It takes about 10 minutes to get down there and there is a mini tour that is blasted on the speakers. So it’s was actually fun!

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

171 Shoreline Dr
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
25425 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Good for bird watching, hiking, and 2 more activities.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Outdoor Seating
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