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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters

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Address: 799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-6998
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+1 304-535-6331
09:00 - 17:00
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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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A great place to stop by

Having read about the AT Headquarters in lots of books about AT hikes, I wanted to see it firsthand while I was in the area. I now look forward to the day when I might visit it as... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lynn R
Jonesville, North Carolina, United States
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Jonesville, North Carolina, United States
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having read about the AT Headquarters in lots of books about AT hikes, I wanted to see it firsthand while I was in the area. I now look forward to the day when I might visit it as an AT hiker. It was not as I imagined. That is, the trail does not pass directly by the front steps! One... More 

Thank Lynn R
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped here before we did a section hike of the AT. They were very helpful and knowledgable about the AT! Love it!

Thank Kristin2769
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guide was very helpful and friendly. A neat place to check out the community culture of the AT and the history of Harpers Ferry.

1 Thank Ktmccall
Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If your looking for info for the Appalachian trail this is where you go. They know it all. Very nice people.

Thank Shawna W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The people at the AT headquarters were friendly and helpful. They were knowledgeable about the trails and about the town of Harpers Ferry. It was a great place for us to start our weekend visit.

1 Thank Sarah H
Columbia, Maryland
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234 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable, and have understanding of the Appalachian Trail! Stop by if shareholding it. They shared local maps, and helped me select the right trail.

2 Thank Deborah F
Brunswick, Maryland, United States
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This place provides info on the Trail whether you have never hiked the Trail, are planning a trip or thinking about taking shorter hikes in the immediate re or on any part of the entire Trail.

1 Thank Maria R
Troy, Ohio
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

After hiking on the AT on 2 different days from Harper's Ferry, we stopped in to see the Conservancy. Loved the 3D map of the whole trail, and super impressed that people actually hike the entire thing! Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. The only place that after I made a purchase, the cashier asked if I wanted a bag.... More 

1 Thank RunningEsme
West Virginia
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

Wonderful people to answer your questions. A must stop if hiking the ATC. There is alot of printed material and maps, but the most useful info is questions and answers from experienced hikers.

1 Thank WestVirginiaBirdmom
Martinsburg, West Virginia
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65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We stumbled upon this storefront while hiking the area, and were greeted at the door by the friendly and helpful staff. Loads of free charts and experience to draw on, as well as a nice hiking supplies and gifts collection.

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