Harpers Ferry Visitor Center
Welcome to the ATC Harpers Ferry Visitor Center
The Appalachian Trail Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry is one of the most well-known landmarks along all 2,190+ miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. It’s a fun stop and a great resource whether you’re exploring historic Harpers Ferry, looking for a fantastic day hike nearby, or are interested in learning more about the world’s most famous footpath.
Harpers Ferry Visitor Center
Guests will be welcomed to the Harpers Ferry Visitor Center with modified operations and COVID-19 safety protocols.
Due to an incoming winter storm, the Visitor Center will be closing at noon on Sunday, January 16th, and will reopen on Thursday, January 20th.
- The Visitor Center will be open Thursday-Monday from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. We will be closed Tuesday-Wednesday and on major holidays.
- The Hiker Lounge will be closed until further notice.
- All guests are required to wear a CDC-approved face covering while inside the Visitor Center. Masks are not required while outside the center, though we encourage continued social distancing.
- Until further notice, we ask that all hiker mail drops be forwarded to the Harpers Ferry Post Office.
- Free one-hour parking is available behind the Visitor Center. Additional metered street parking is available nearby.
- Official ATC maps, guides, and other publications can be purchased through our partners at Mountaineers Books.
We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we restart Visitor Center operations. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Updated December 17, 2021
The front of the building provides an iconic photo-op for anyone stopping by. Those walking the entire A.T. have their photo taken on the front porch of the trail’s “psychological midpoint” to be recorded for posterity.
The visitor center also the perfect place to learn about and launch your 14 State Challenge (visiting a piece of the A.T. in each of the Trail’s states). Start your own Appalachian Trail journey here at the Trail’s Headquarters!
Holiday Hours: – Closed December 24th – January 2nd. The Visitor Center will reopen Monday, January 3rd.
Hours: Open Thursday-Monday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Closed Tuesday-Wednesday and on Major Holidays
799 Washington Street
P.O. Box 807
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807
Offerings & Attractions
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. The Hiker Lounge will be closed until further notice.
Official ATC maps, guides, and other publications can be purchased through our partners at Mountaineers Books.
A selection of Appalachian Trail merchandise is available to help you keep your connection with the A.T. 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.
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 access.
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
The hiker lounge is closed until further notice.
A brochure outlining the many services available to hikers in Harpers Ferry is updated frequently.
Coleman fuel and denatured alcohol are available for a donation.
One-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 to the ATC Headquarters and Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry can be found here: Directions to the ATC Headquarters