Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters, Harpers Ferry: Hours, Address, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters Reviews: 4.5/5

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. 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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Pdonatyandkids
Westborough, MA204 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We “hiked” in via the trail from Harpers Ferry National Park. The trail is very easy. We had some nice conversations with the staff regarding theirs and our various experiences walking/hiking the Appalachian Trail. Would recommend to those who love hiking.
Written September 11, 2021
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sloomis31
Bristol, WI896 contributions
Aug 2021
Sadly, there wasn't much here in terms of displays, merchandise, or refreshments. The people couldn't even really direct us to a place on the trail with a sign. That being said, they were incredibly friendly and did everything they could to help us. Thanks very much.
Written September 3, 2021
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Steven I
Bellingham, WA121 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
We are not hikers and stopped here because of the sign and the free parking. The Conservancy is a non government organization and provides maintenance and other services through volunteers for the Appalachian Trail. The lady who was at the HQ when we visited was very informative: she had hiked the complete trail in her earlier years and knows much about it.

There is a wonderful 3-D map of the complete trail that aptly illustrates its difficulty. There are many pictures of hikers who travelled the trail and a few stories of outstanding examples.A small book collection of nature related books and A.T. specific texts are purchasable, as well as trinkets.

If you happen to be there when hikers are passing through that is an extra treat, as you can hear stories about the trail from one of the experienced if you engage them in conversation.

Just down the hill the Appalachian Trail crosses the main street in Harper's Ferry, where a series of stone steps rises up the hillside. Not a hiker myself, I can with a wink and a nod still say that I walked on the A.T. in both directions, having taken just a few steps up and down this stone staircase.
Written September 15, 2017
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Charles G
14 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
So a few months ago I asked if I could use the bathroom. Guy says yes in front of another guest. When the guest leaves literally two minutes later, the employee an older guy tried to enter the bathroom which is intended for one person. I speak w/ middle Appalachian (local) twang and encounter much harassment both passive aggressive and aggressive from transplant liberals associated w/ these type entities. If I hadn’t locked the door he would’ve seen me naked which I feel was his intent. So be careful folks, if local christian conservative demographic— bring a friend as a witness. It’s good practice to do so in most places right now. Record every interaction so folks cannot bully you. I wish I had been that particular day. Just WEIRD to be on toilet and have a “man” creepily try to enter and then glare at me when I eventually came out.
Written January 10, 2022
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Nelly Т
Cranbury, NJ14 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
I had been interested in the AT for a while, therefore stopping at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters was definitely on my list. I was amazed at the quantity and quality of information I was provided when I got there. Dave told many stories, including his own, of hiking the trail and answered all the questions we had. Dave and the other people working there were friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable. I am happy that I visited!
Written December 30, 2018
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jdarerog1958
Saint Albans, WV33 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We had never been on the Appalachian Trail before, but the volunteers put us at ease. We were shown maps and given easy to follow directions to the trail head.

Thank you.
Written July 12, 2018
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Rue F
Albuquerque, NM155 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Informative even of your not the most experienced hiker, friendly and helpful to find the right hole for you and your level.
Written September 13, 2017
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Kelli D
Winchester, Virginia142 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
I love this place! It's small, but it's rich with stories from the past and provides visitors with a window into our fascination with the trail in the present. You may meet a few thru-hikers during your visit, since it is the midway point for the Appalachian Trail. You'll also be able to take a look at an enlarged map of the trail and a book of portraits of previous thru-hikers. Each of the portraits are dated. A friend and I once took turns looking for a thru-hiker who passed by on our birthdays. There's a lot of great items available there too. Look here before buying your Harpers Ferry souvenir!
Written September 6, 2017
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Dawn S
Wilmington, DE28 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
My husband and I love to hike, but we are definitely not serious hikers. We were hesitant to go in to ask a question, since the building had a bunch of serious hikers' packs on the porch--we didn't want to have them roll their eyes at the "dumb tourists." The man working inside, however, was really nice and gave us some great tips on sights to see that were off the beaten path, as well as giving us ideas for moderate hiking trails. We ended up having a great morning hike.
Written September 3, 2017
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ChuckandDave
Kansas City, MO128 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
If you have any interest in the Appalachian Trail, or are even just outdoorsy, it's worth a stop here at the ATC headquarters. It is the unofficial halfway point of the Appalachian Trail which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt Katahdin in Maine. Every year hundreds of hikers attempt to hike the entire route from end to end, and many more do "section hikes". Once a hiker has accumulated at least 2,000 miles of hiking on the trail, they can have their picture taken and it is added to the recordbooks here at the Conservancy. It's fun to read some of the notes and other memorabilia left by hikers as they stop here on their way north or south depending on where they started.

Consider joining the ATC with a $40 membership to help maintain and manage the trail for all those brave souls who venture out into the wilderness every year to prove they can. (I plan to be one of those crazy hikers in the near future.)

If you stop in between April and October, you are likely to meet several hikers that are stopping in to log their journey at the ATC. The Appalachian Trail actually goes right through the middle of Harpers Ferry.
Written December 17, 2016
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