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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters

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Address: 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: 13045356331
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The main visitor center for the Appalachian Trail and one of the most...

The main visitor center for the Appalachian Trail and one of the most famous landmarks on the entire 2,190-mile national scenic trail. It's considered the 'psychological half-way point' on the Appalachian Trail. All are welcome, from tourists to "thru-hikers" walking the entire trail. The center has exhibits, a gift shop where you can purchase maps, books, and souvenirs. A 10-foot 3D map shows the entire East Coast, with a miniature replica trail shelter built into the back side. A hiker lounge offers long-distance hikers a place to relax and recharge, with cold and hot drinks available. A collection of more than 25,000 photos of hikers taken since 1979 is one of the most unique features. Those intent on walking the entire A.T. will have their photo added to the collection, but anyone can take a photo of themselves out in front on the sign for a memorable snapshot. By visiting Harpers Ferry, you'll have already started the 14-state challenge, which encourages hikers to visit one location in each of the Trail's 14 states. If you visit lower town historic Harpers Ferry just a half mile away and walk across the footbridge over the Potomac River, you'll have already completed two states.

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THE PLACE for anything ATC!

For anyone traveling along the Appalachian Trail, this is the place you MUST visit: it's about half-way between Maine and Georgia. They can provide advice for all things you need... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Warren E
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For anyone traveling along the Appalachian Trail, this is the place you MUST visit: it's about half-way between Maine and Georgia. They can provide advice for all things you need to know about the Trail plus where to find a place to stay while in Harpers Ferry. You can also post your photo for the Trail's boards where you'll see... More 

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Thank Warren E
Bellevue, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff was eager to help me gather information that will help me during my AT hike. I was there for over two hours and their friendliness and knowledge of the Appalachian Trail made the trip to the ATC very worthwhile!

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Thank Bill K
Arlington, Virginia
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to start your Harper's Ferry visit. The staff are very knowledgable and helpful.

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Thank Alan S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice place to grab water before a hike, guides were friendly and gave excellent suggestions. We enjoyed looking at their collection of maps and photos.

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Beach Lake, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We were driving thru and were staying one block from the Headquarters, so we decided to drop by. It's located at the approximate midpoint of the Appalachian Trail. The staff were friendly and informative. It gave us a better picture of where the trail goes and of some of the scenery.

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1 Thank 551melm
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

The welcome I received (believe it was Wendell) was outstanding as I registered as a thru-hiker in 2015. That's to the volunteers!

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1 Thank Brian P
Harker Heights
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Had not been by the HQ's for at least 10 years, so I stopped and renewed my Appalachian Trail Conferance membership. A very friendly staff and some interesting trail info. If a thru hiker is in the shop, take a minute to talk about the trail. There is a small gift shop with trinkets, AT clothing, trail guides, etc. Buy... More 

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1 Thank David W
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

It doesn't matter if you are hiking the trail or visiting Harpers Ferry by another mode of transportation, stop in and check on the AT Headquarters!! They have a wonderful shop with books and souvenirs. It is a great resting stop for hikers, to kick back, check in with family, sign the visitor book, and PLEASE have your picture taken!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

This spot is roughly the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail. In June its a popular spot for through hikers to stop on their way to Maine from Georgia. There is a room for hikers to rest and their are pictures of the hikers that have passed through. It is also a good place to get information to plan you hike.

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1 Thank Tom G
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Laurie, the friendly and knowledgeable manager, welcomes all with enthusiasm and expertise. 10 minutes, 20 minutes is all it takes to apprecate APPTRAIL through her eyes. Excellent.

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HappyHIker87, Manager at Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters, responded to this review

Thanks for the compliment! It really was a pleasure to welcome you and your friend to the visitor center. Your enthusiasm for learning about the Appalachian Trail was a highlight of the month! It was wonderful to meet someone who had such a capacity for appreciation to this incredible national treasure and all the work that goes into preserving and... More 

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