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One of the most celebrated views in the area

Thomas Jefferson loved this river overlook, and so will you. Short walk up from downtown Harper's... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Manningjen
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Columbia, Maryland
Just a boring rock

Let me start by saying I love hiking and rocks. My wife gets mad at me because she cant pry me... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Brandon H
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Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
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“short climb” (4 reviews)
“lower town” (10 reviews)
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Shenandoah Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
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Reviewed yesterday

Thomas Jefferson loved this river overlook, and so will you. Short walk up from downtown Harper's Ferry.

Thank Manningjen
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Let me start by saying I love hiking and rocks. My wife gets mad at me because she cant pry me free of the rock shops when we are on the west coast or southwest US. This is not a hike, just a walk up...More

1  Thank Brandon H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked to Jefferson Rock after climbing the steps to visit St. Peter's Church. This turned out to be a good idea, as the church was air conditioned and broke the otherwise steep climb into two pieces. It was a hot and humid day, but...More

Thank Nprus
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Going from the lower town up the stone stairs to hike along the Appalachian Trail to Jefferson Rock on a hot/humid day is a slightly rough go, but if you take it slow and have some water with you, you will be fine. It is...More

Thank jehenson81
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very impressive rock formation on the Appalachian trail just above Harpers Ferry. The name of this landmark comes from Thomas Jefferson, who stood there on October 25, 1783. He found the view from the rock impressive and wrote about it, letting the world know of...More

Thank jefferyp2017
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in Harper's Ferry, it's certainly worth climbing the stairs (part of the Appalachian Trail) to see Jefferson Rock, and take in the view over the river valley. The day we were there it was extremely hot and we were all quite exhausted and...More

Thank DRCsydney
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Rock itself is quite small, and is protected by an open canopy-like structure, but it is where President Thomas Jefferson stood to admire the stunning scene below. He was so impressed that he wrote very poetically about it in his musings. You have to...More

Thank TheExplorerFamily
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can't see this from the road. Steep walk. Stop at the church first and rest. It's a dirt path afterwards. It's just a rock, but a beautiful view

Thank Beverly H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked part of this trail with 3 kids all under the age of 12. The rock is pretty cool, loved the scenic views surrounding it & the writing underneath the rock!

Thank kristalnuzum
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just a short walk from the main town is this amazing view that Thomas Jefferson took in and now sits his rock. Be aware the walk up is on stairs and a fairly steep hill, so not for everyone like the rest of the town....More

1  Thank stephp1508
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Sandi G
7 August 2018|
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Response from jehenson81 | Reviewed this property |
Should not be a problem. The rock is about .3 miles from the stairs from the lower town. It is not very far.
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dldeel
4 September 2017|
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Response from SnowyShasta | Reviewed this property |
It is not at all long (less than a quarter mile) but it is steep with lots of stairs and inclines. Out of shape, I think most anyone could do it taking things slowly. Depending on your disability, though, I'm not sure. It is... More
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Cindy S
6 November 2016|
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Response from GallosTravels | Reviewed this property |
no charge, just a steep short hike!
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