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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters

799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-6998
+1 304-535-6331
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Worthwhile stop

We have always enjoyed stopping here. The staff is always very friendly and enthusiastic. We... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Marilyn V
Powell, Ohio
Friendly and helpful

The people who work here are very friendly and helpful. They were able to answer questions that I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jersey City, New Jersey
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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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799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-6998
+1 304-535-6331
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have always enjoyed stopping here. The staff is always very friendly and enthusiastic. We had the treat of meeting many through hikers coming through Harpers Ferry which was a hoot. The stories they tell are very interesting. This place is well stocked for AT...More

Thank Marilyn V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The people who work here are very friendly and helpful. They were able to answer questions that I had and did so with a small, even though they probably get them many times a day.

1  Thank briardragon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hiked (July 2012) with my son for his last 55 miles of 1,022 miles, ending at Harpers Ferry/Appalachian Trail Conservatory HQs. I thoroughly enjoyed all the displays and historical info. The staff was very friendly and informative. Just a neat place to visit, and maybe...More

1  Thank Rick T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Girl Scouts wanted to hike a portion of the AT so we stopped here to orient ourselves. The gentleman who greeted us (sorry, I can't remember his name) was very helpful and gave the girls a brief talk about the trail, showing them some...More

1  Thank LaLa6299
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just wanted to know about trail. Lots of interesting tidbits of info to read about. Friendly people to talk to.

1  Thank gretchenzp
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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...More

1  Thank Lynn R
Reviewed 23 May 2017

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

1  Thank Kristin2769
Reviewed 15 May 2017 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
Reviewed 3 May 2017 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
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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
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john m
I want to know if I took a week off of work could I hike the smokey mountain national park in the time allotted.
2 July 2015|
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Response from Redclimber | Reviewed this property |
This is a very difficult question to answer. The time of year, weather, your physical fitness, and backpacking experience would determine this. As a general rule 3 miles per hour plus an additional 1 hour for every 1000ft of... More