Harper’s Ferry offered a good mix of history (John Brown & Civil War) and nature. Just got back from a day trip.
First, we did a mini visit to the historic area. The John Brown Museum (not the wax museum, but the park-run museum) was a good history lesson as well as a remarkable accomplishment of cramming a museum into a historic building. Ate lunch at some lame place near the RR station and parking. Technically, you can park and walk into the park-sponsored sites “on the honor system” (i.e. free). Didn’t really see anywhere to park, though, except in the park service lot. Go ahead and pay the park service, park in their lot and feel good about supporting a good cause.
Then, we went on a 3-hour white water rafting trip with River Riders. More stopping and going than I had imagined white water to be, but still a fun way to spend the afternoon. The River Riders guides seemed a bit uneven with some of them on top and things and positive, and others trying their hardest to cultivate their slacker personas.over 5 years ago