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“Not just for through hikers”

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters
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Owner description: 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.
Columbus, OH
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“Not just for through hikers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

While this center primarily exists to meet the needs of those hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, it is worth visiting for anyone with an interest in the AT. They have several books about the trail for sale including books that would be especially helpful to someone contemplating a future hike. They also have photos and displays on the walls, highlighting facts about the trail, its history and interesting hikers of the past. Volunteers at the headquarters are available to answer questions. There are always hikers stopping in so you can also take advantage of the opportunity to ask them questions.

Visited June 2011
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