Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 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, including a 10-foot 3D map showing the entire East Coast, with a miniature replica trail shelter built into the back. 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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dah00v2
Hampton, VA137 contributions
Oct 2022
So I was told to stop here. Don't know why but I thought, it's an old building, maybe they know things to do in the area (they are a conservatory I guess they protect wildlife and lead backpacking trips etc). Anyway, stopped in only because I was staying at a B&B across the street and had to wait 15-20 min to get in the house (they would not let us in sooner). So I thought I'd go in and see if they had like displays of the area or something or pamphlets or info they could offer about other things to do other than hiking and visiting Harper's Ferry. Here's a clue: THEY DID NOT. LOL I get it, that's not their thing but they are, I'm assuming locals and might help. THEY DID NOT. LOL in fact they looked at us like we were nuts. But she was pleasant enough about it so I won't ding them anymore. Someone might think that's something to go into and expect to see static displays, perhaps a diorama of the areas to hike or something else and ask questions, perhaps some pamphlets of other things to do or a city map of shops/restaurants or something for the non hikers just stumbling in. But To their defense I figured it was gonna be just what it was, don't know why people kept telling me to go there since I'm an old lady out of shape! LOL
Written October 15, 2022
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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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sandy0106
The Villages, FL266 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
Very interesting place. Although not a hiker there is a topographical map of the trail along with photo albums of all the hikers that come through Harpers Ferry
Written January 23, 2013
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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
Shawnee, OK188 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, MO129 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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50red50
Fairfax County, VA22 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Wonderful little place where you can learn about the trail, view features of hikers and get maps for all sections of the trail. There is a large diorama type map of the entire trail. The volunteers are really nice and helpful, and welcome you to wander around the small place. There is a lounge for hikers, so if you are lucky you will get to see and talk to folks that have been out on the trail for a while. It takes a special type of person to attempt the whole trail or even sections of the trail. Very impressive.
Written September 11, 2016
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