Harpers Ferry Visitor Center


Harpers Ferry
Visitor Center

 

Overview

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The Appalachian Trail Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry is one of the most legendary landmarks along the entire 2200-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail. It’s a fun stop and great resource whether you’re exploring historic Harpers Ferry, looking for a fantastic day-hike nearby, or interested in learning more about the world's most famous hiking footpath. “Thru-hikers” have their photo taken on the front porch of the trail’s “psychological midpoint” during their six-month trek. Start your own Appalachian Trail journey here at the Trail's Headquarters!

Hours: Open Daily from 9 am – 5 pm, Closed Major Holidays
             (Closed Thurs. Nov. 22 and Fri. Nov. 23, 2018)

Address: 799 Washington Street P.O. Box 807 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807

Phone: 1-304-535-6331

Email: [email protected]

Parking

Two-hour visitor parking is available in the small lot directly behind our building, accessible from Storer College Place. Metered street parking is available below the visitor center along Washington Street. 

Long term hiker parking (up to ~2 weeks) is available with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park at their visitor center located at 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (304) 535-6298.

Directions
Directions to the ATC Headquarters and Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry can be found at: Directions to the ATC Headquarters

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Offerings & Attractions

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Harpers Ferry-happy hiker by sign

Exhibits
Unique and inspiring exhibits include a ten-foot,  3-D map of the Appalachian Trail and the famous sign from atop the mile-high Katahdin at the Trail's northern terminus in Maine. You won’t want to miss the story wall of some of the most notable hikers who have walked the A.T., such as Earl Shaffer, a World War II veteran, the beloved "Grandma Gatewood," and "2-Mile Marcy," the first African American woman to hike the entire A.T. in sections. More than 30,000 photos of hikers from 1979 onward can be viewed in the hiker lounge.

Gift Shop
A wide selection of Appalachian Trail merchandise and souvenirs including t-shirts, mugs, patches, and postcards is available to help you keep your connection with the Appalachian Trail alive after you return home. Maps and guidebooks can help inspire your next trip! You can preview the items here www.atctrailstore.org. Proceeds support the Trail.

Visitor Services
Friendly staff and volunteers can help you plan a day hike around Harpers Ferry and a visit to the historic town, and answer your questions about the Appalachian Trail. Schools, scouts, and adult groups of up to 25 are welcome to request a brief interpretive talk. Workshops teaching hiking and backpacking essentials are offered periodically.  

The Passport to Your National Parks stamp for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, as are two stamps for the Appalachian Trail Passport. The center offers a restroom and free wifi. 

For Kids
A Junior Ranger/Adventure Guide booklet for the A.T. in Harpers Ferry can be downloaded and printed out ahead of time. Kids who complete the guide can earn a junior ranger badge. A miniature A.T. shelter, built into the back of the 3-D map, is a big hit with kids.

Hiker Lounge and Hiker Photo Collection
Hikers can relax and cool off with a cold drink after a hard day’s hike, as well as charge their phones. The lounge also hosts albums with more than 30,000 photos taken when hikers with the goal of hiking the entire A.T. reach the Harpers Ferry. More than two thousand photos are now taken annually and all photos taken since 1979 are viewable in albums.

Hiker Services
A brochure outlining the many services available to hikers in Harpers Ferry is updated frequently.

ATC also holds resupply packages for hikers mailed to: Hiker’s Name, c/o Appalachian Trail Conservancy, P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (packages sent via UPS, FedEx and via other carriers should be sent to 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425).  Hikers may pick up their packages seven days a week by presenting a photo ID.

Coleman fuel and denatured alcohol are available for a donation.

AT Community

Click here for the Harpers Ferry and Bolivar Appalachian Trail Community page, which includes a list of A.T. Community supporters, businesses that are hiker-friendly and help support the preservation of the Trail.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, through which 3 miles of the Appalachian Trail passes, is home to some of the nation's most significant historic events including John Brown's Raid and Civil War battles. It is also home to Storer College, which was one of the first colleges in the country open to men and women and people of all races. Take note of of the park's excellent Hikes page, which has hike options ranging from gentle battlefield walks to more challenging hikes to overlooks.

Harpers Ferry is located in Jefferson County West Virginia which has many attractions to explore, check them out here.

Check out The ATC HQ Visitor Center on Trip Advisor here!

 

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