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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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Almost Half Way of 2189.2 miles

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Brian P
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1 Thank Brian P
Harker Heights
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169 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank David W
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

1 Thank Cjbeun
Jacksonville, Florida
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124 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank Tom G
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

2 Thank dnh123
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 

Mauldin, South Carolina
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

My Son had arrived at this halfway point of the AT a day before we were able to get there to meet him so we had to stop by to get some reprints of his picture. They were unable to pull the exact picture but were more than happy to take a new one for us (as he was still... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth B
Germantown, Tennessee
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I'm a relatively new hiker of the AT, and I found that the staff at the ATC were among the most friendly and helpful people I've come across. This included taking significant time in explaining routes, marking (color-coded no less!) maps of local hikes, and just answering general AT-related questions. I ended up joining the ATC on the spot, and... More 

1 Thank bdj129
Franklin, North Carolina
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274 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Not only is this place the AT headquarters, it's a place backpacker's can stop for a rest, charge phones, and phone home. this is a great place for all lover's of the outdoors to visit. I had a friend who started the AT at south end this past April 13 and finished in Maine on Sept 17.

1 Thank nkimperial
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Other businesses should come to ATCH just to see how customer service should be done. A must if you plan on hiking on the AT near Harper's Ferry.

1 Thank Daniel F
Melbourne, Florida
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Whether you are a thru, sectional, or day hiker the ATC is a great stop! The staff is the best and they are eager to assist you in anyway they can. All hikers are encouraged to sign the log books and have their picture taken for historical purposes. The ATC is a great resource of information regarding the AT as... More 

1 Thank Steve P

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