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“Meeting Our AT Thru-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.
Reviewed 20 November 2013

Everyone who works here is great! Very friendly and helpful. I especially loved being able to share drinks and snacks with my own thru-hikers and some others who were there!

Thank Kim P
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

My husband and I hiked our very first section of the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry and couldn't pass by a visit to the headquarters. We were greeted just as enthusiastically as if we were through hikers! We were offered water, use of their lounge, snacks...very sweet! They have an amazing collection of maps and books...we bought one of the narrow vertical maps of the whole traIl and now have several push pins in it of the sections of the trail we've hiked. The little town of Harpers Ferry is a great combination with several short sections of the AT.

1  Thank AnnieJ52
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Stopped in to see info about the Appalachian Trail and there was a lot to see and learn about the trail.They had lots of pictures a shelter like ones on the trail,there was 2 hikers there looking at photos while on there way hiking the whole trail.

1  Thank cainrcc
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Reviewed 22 August 2013 via mobile

As a hiking newbie, I went in there not knowing what to expect: would there be big gruff men who spoke little, but conveyed mountains of meaning in their stony gaze? Or eccentric fellows changed permanently by their time on the trail?

Instead, I found a warm and friendly atmosphere, welcoming even to someone like me who loves asking questions. Gary, a volunteer, gave me great info on what hiking the trail is like, where to visit in town, what books I should check out etc.

In short, I found a wealth of information, and I highly recommend this as a stop if you just want to find out more about this amazing natural treasure.

Thank Jrlee89
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

While biking on the C&O Towpath from Pittsburgh to Washington DC my wife and I spent two days in Harper's Ferry. We knew the AT Conference Headquarters was located here and it was a must for us to find it and stop in for a visit. It was so exciting to hear the stories, see all the maps, and items for sale. I bought a neat belt, hat, pair of wool socks, and a Christmas tree ornament. The staff were very helpful and gave us tips on where to stay and places to eat and visit. It was simply a dream come true visit. Go if you ever get there and you like to hike and have ever thought about hiking the AT. They have a huge assortment of regional maps and books.

2  Thank gary and pam j
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