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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters

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Address: 799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-6998
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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Good information/maps about the AT

I stopped in here to get information about a short hike on the AT. People are very helpful here and willing to give you lots of information and some free park service maps. If you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
calhoneybear01
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Southern Cal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is a good pit stop for trekkers on the amazing Appalachian trail. Has books and other material to inspire any adventurer to make the Appalachian trail their dream. I went there, now I have a new dream !

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Southern Cal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped in here to get information about a short hike on the AT. People are very helpful here and willing to give you lots of information and some free park service maps. If you are in search of AT souvenirs, this is definitely the place to find them as well. You can meet lots of fellow hikers in here-both... More 

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Logan, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All hikers know of this wonderful short retreat but it is a great stop for visitors who are just curious. The staff was very welcoming and had great tips for our next section of hiking.

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1 Thank Roxanna L
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If visiting Harper's Ferry stop by the Appalachian Trail Office. Lots of info and displays to educate you about the trail. Hikers stop in here to register and sign the guest book. Worth a stop on visit to Harper's Ferry.

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2 Thank Hartee H
Bloomington, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Meet some nice people, learn about the AT, meet hikers, buy an AT item or donate for the good of this National treasure. The number of through hikers is up this year. Congrats to those who take on this challenge!

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2 Thank GMomBLM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have succeeded hiking 100 miles on the Appalachian Trail! The office was part of the adventure and the staff made our accomplishment more special by taking our picture and recording our hike in the record books. Whether you're hiking or sight seeing the A. T. Office is a must because it truly explained the historical past of the trail... More 

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1 Thank Shelley Y
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Husband is hiking the trail. AT registry, photo opps, people were helpful, hiker lounge, donate for drinks. Good hiker stop. Much better than AT stop in Boiling Springs where guy was unhelpful.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Our son wants to do the AP when he finishes high school. We knew this was the half way spot and wanted to check it out. The place is more a spot of celebration for through hikers than a great museum. Their model of the Appalachian Trail is the most impressive item there. The rest of the place is a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Great and necessary stop if you're a thru or section hiker. I guess the coolest part was the topography (3D) of the trail.

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Thank Michael S
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

It would be a shame to pass through Harper's Ferry and miss the ATC. Whether you are an experienced hiker or just curious about the AT, this is the place to go. The staff here is incredibly helpful and informative. There are unique displays and souvenirs of related to the AT. You can even mingle with real thru-hikers!

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