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“It is a land mark for any hiker !”

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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
382 reviews
181 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
“It is a land mark for any hiker !”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

It is a place where you can find all the information you can imagine about the Appalachian Trail, and have the opportunity to talk with people that are experienced in doing the trail. Also they have merchandises for your memories. Don't miss the picture in frint of the building with the ATC symbol behind.

Visited March 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A must visit if you love the AT”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Very informative little place. The topographical map of the AT is really cool to see. My family enjoyed our visit.

Visited April 2012
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Southbury, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
228 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Halfway point on the Appalachian Trail...”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

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

Visited January 2013
3 Thank sandy0106
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Informative and Super Nice!”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Whether you are planning to hike the trail or just learn more about the area, this is the place to visit. When my son was doing a home school project about the Appalachian Trail, the people here were awesome and even gave him a Jr. Trail Guide book to use as part of his research. Best of all they were patient in answering all of his questions and genuinely helpful. We also love their Facebook page!

Visited March 2012
1 Thank Becky310
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Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“hiker headquarters”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

Fun to visit with the volunteers and read about other long-distance hikers. This is the Holy Grail for backpackers

Visited November 2012
Thank Helen H
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