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Appalachian Trail Conference Headquarters

799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
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Type: Convention Centers, Sports
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: The 'psychological half- way point' on the Appalachaian Trail: rest up, share your adventures, and eat lots of ice cream.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Although my family and I only traveled the Appalachian Trail for a short distance, the headquarters is excellently kept up for those planning to do a longer hike. My father had us walk there from a far distance, so it didn't seem to me like the best destination for so far a walk, but the place was very interactive and... More

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Make the AT Headquarters your first stop before hiking. Loaded with maps and books. Tons of tips from the volunteers and staff. They make everyone feel at home and park of the same journey as the thru hikes. Don't forget if you have extra supplies they have a hikers lounge where you can leave things for other hikers.

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te awamutu
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

there's a huge range of people coming through the headquarters, but i noticed the staff respond suitably to car-tripping tourists, day walkers, section and thru-hikers. they were knowledgeable and passionate.

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The headquarters is not exactly on the AT however it is close. They have some maps and a few souvenirs. If you are a hiker, have hiked on the AT (and know what AT means) and are in the area it is worth a stop. It is close to the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.

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Clark, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My family and I stopped by on our way to Nashville even though it was a bit out of the way. It was neat to see the Through Hikers arriving and getting their pictures taken on the porch. Coincidentally, one of the staff members had just gotten back from a backpacking trip on the AT in New Jersey and camped... More

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Great little place not far from the lower town. Cool to see the tru-hikers stopping by and getting there picture taken. staff very nice! There is a small area "museum like" with info on the trail. A hikers lounge (you can page through the Polaroids of hikers stopping at the half way point). Small gift shop. Tons of info and... More

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Clinton, Connecticut
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Spent the week before Father's Day weekend with my Daughter hiking the Appalachian Trail from Front Royal to Harpers Ferry. ATC HQ is a mandatory stop for all of us who hike the trail as the "unofficial" halfway point. It allows hikers to see old friends we have missed on the trail. As soon as you walk thru the door,... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We stopped here while checking out Harpers Ferry. Very neat to learn more about the Trail and helpful people there. Take the short .2 mile hike from the building to the actual Trail!

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Hampstead, Maryland, USA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

What an awesome team of individuals. This is a must see stop for the traveler or hiker. We picked up some nick-nacks and purchased maps. We have done MD and half of NJ with plans of doing all of GA next summer and parts of NC. Every time I have come here it has been warm welcomes and friendly faces.... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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172 reviews 172 reviews
97 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This small building explodes with laughter and adventure. Just a few small exhibits showing the Appalachian trail - but the photos displayed that were taken along the trail, plus the memories of the hikers themselves are SO motivating and beautiful! Lots of cool hiking items and shirts to buy. While we were there a group of scouts were preparing for... More

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