Quickly approaching 300 residents, Harpers Ferry is an outdoor paradise for hikers, bikers, tubers, kayakers, and many other folks who enjoy the great outdoors. The Potomac and Shenandoah River flow through the valley, as Thomas Jefferson once exclaimed that the site is "perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in nature." Harpers Ferry is also one of the only few towns where the Appalachian Trail passes through. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is considered one of the best walking parks in America. Offering 20 miles of hiking trails, the trails vary from easy, riverside strolls to four-mile hikes across Civil War battlefields to eight-mile adventures to the tops of mountains.
Harpers Ferry Commercial Business District, also known as 'Lower Town' is home to many smaller shops, boutiques and businesses. History plays a huge roll in this town. One of the most interesting stops and flashbacks in history is what is now known as John Brown's Fort. The original building still stands in Harpers Ferry today as it was originally a firehouse and watchman's office where John Brown and many of his followers barricaded themselves at the end of their raid during the Civil War. Many buildings that date back to the Civil War era still stand originally in Harpers Ferry today.
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