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The Best Things To Do In Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 

At the precipice of the 4.5-mile Maryland Heights Overlook Trail, the small town of Harpers Ferry appears as if from a 19th-century dream. One minute you’re trudging through dense deciduous forest, the next, the trees abruptly part to reveal a rocky cliff overlooking the tranquil mountain town.

From here you can make out the colorful rooftops of Harpers Ferry’s Lower Town, where Victorian homes and neat strips of 150-year-old row buildings house modern restaurants, specialty stores, and living history museums replicating life in the 1800s. Two bridges-one for people and another for trains-cross over the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and lead into town. Each swath of stone and steel creates a visible portal back in time.

Harpers Ferry encompasses two separate but impossibly intertwined places: the quaint 300-person municipal town and the National Historical Park that welcomes close to 400,000 visitors each year. Both are steeped in history with stories to be told at every turn. Read more…

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