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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
J C
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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Rutherford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had read about the Appalachian Trail Headquarters and out of curiosity stopped in during a recent trip to Harpers Ferry. We met some hikers and checked out the display of the trail.

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ispeakfoodtooblogger
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Perhaps one of the most important stops in Harpers Ferry. The staff was extremely nice and it was informative on everything about the trail. It was also very neat to be able to see the thru hikers stop in and get updated and refreshed for the rest of the journey. The map that they have of the whole trail is... More 

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1 Thank ispeakfoodtooblogger
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Staffed by knowledgeable aficionados of the Appalachian Trail, the Trail Conservancy Headquarters is ready to help you. You can see a topographical map of the AT, plus purchase a t-shirt as a souvenir. It is located on Washington Street is easily accessible from the AT. The air conditioning is free!

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

A wonderful respite stop for hikers of the Appalachian Trail. They offer maps, books, and helpful advice for serious hikers and the day tripper too. Conveniently located within the town of Harpers Ferry, a good resting stop for hikers needing victuals !

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1 Thank Patom1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

I looked for things with car that say trail on it.everything was done well by staff I felt like I can learn a lot

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1 Thank Bob S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

If you're interested in the outdoors, this is an interesting place to visit. They have some cool displays of the Appalachian Trail, unique AT gifts, and a wealth of knowledge on hiking and maintaining the AT. If you're lucky, you can even meet some "thru-hikers" as they make their way north to Maine or south to Georgia. You'll recognize them... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We were actually biking the C&O Canal but toured the AT headquarters when in HF. It was well staffed and appeared to be very useful for the hikers. The displays were very informative for the non-hikers.

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