Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center Announces Schedule of Events Open to the Public

Date Published: Jan 25, 2012

Harpers Ferry, WV (January 25, 2012) – Over the course of the next several months, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) Visitor Center will host a variety of events to raise awareness about the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) as well as the ATC.  All events are open to the public and are free of charge.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to be able to offer these fun-filled events to the public to provide them an opportunity to learn more about the A.T. and the ATC” stated Laurie Potteiger, Information Services Manger at the ATC.  

All events will be held at the ATC’s Visitor Center, located at 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV.  These events include:

  • February 11 / A.T. Short Film Festival: See a compilation of short films taken on or about the A.T. Have you seen a video you think should be included? Email us the link at [email protected] by February 1st. Free popcorn will be provided!
  • March 3 / Cake Baking Contest: In celebration of the ATC’s 87th birthday, the ATC will hold a cake-baking contest! Submissions are due by 11:00 a.m. and must have an A.T. – related appearance. Judging will begin at 1:00 p.m.; awards will be given in three categories: best tasting, best A.T. related design, and best junior entry (under 18). Cake eating will begin at 1:30 p.m.
  • May 5 / Hiking Season Kickoff: Jumpstart your hiking season with a visit to the ATC and a hike. Maps and recommend hikes will be provided. Throughout the day, guests will be entertained with activities, gear on display, and special guest speakers. At 1:00, thru-hikers will share their stories of adventure upon reaching the “psychological half-way point” in their 2200-mile journey along the A.T. from Georgia to Maine.
  • June 2 / National Trails Day African American History Hike: In celebration of National Trails Day, take a guided hike around Harpers Ferry while learning the rich African American history of the area.
  • July 21 / Junior Ranger Day: Kids of all ages are welcome to gather together to learn about the A.T. and how to get out on the Trail by taking part in the Junior Ranger program. Stop by the visitor center to receive a Junior Ranger booklet, complete the activities, and receive a Junior Ranger badge!
  • August 11 - 12 / A.T. 75th Anniversary Weekend Celebration: Come join the ATC as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the completion of the A.T.  
  • September 29 / Family Hiking Day: This initiative, started by the ATC in 2011, is an effort to get people of all ages and experience levels outside and active. The ATC visitor center will be providing resources, games and activities, and a list of hikes for families to use in order to explore the A.T. in a fun, safe and engaging way.
  • October 27 / A.T. Jack-o-lantern Contest: Create an A.T.–related Jack-o-lantern and enter it into a contest just in time for Halloween. The top three pumpkin designs will win prizes and all will be displayed on ATC’s front porch.
  • December 1 / A.T. Community Holiday Party: Join fellow A.T. enthusiasts for homemade treats, hot drinks, and fun for the holidays. This event also coincides with the Olde Tyme Christmas celebration in Harpers Ferry, WV.

For more information on these events, contact Laurie Potteiger at 304.535.2200 x128 or at [email protected] or visit

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]

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