ATC's administrative headquarters are located in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Membership services, publications and merchandise sales, and requests for information about the Trail are all handled here.

Regional Offices

The ATC's four regional offices focus on Trail management at the local level—working closely with Trail clubs, federal, state and local agencies, and local communities. Staff members are frequently in the field.

ATC Visitors Center Exterior
Visitors center interior with visitor
Harpers Ferry A.T. Visitor Center  
Located about 0.25 mile off the A.T. in historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in the same building as the ATC Headquarters, the Harpers Ferry visitor center is a great place to learn about the Appalachian Trail. It’s also a starting point for some terrific day-hikes and serves as the "psychological halfway point" for many thru-hikers.  

799 Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807
Phone: 304.535.6331
Fax: 304.535.2667
Directions to Visitor Center

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.


(304) 535-6331
[email protected]

Visitor Center highlights include:

  • An information desk where a friendly volunteer or staff member is available to answer questions about the A.T., help plan a hike, or help you make the most of your visit to Harpers Ferry.
  • Gift Shop where you can purchase A.T. maps, guidebooks, videos and all kinds of A.T. souvenirs.
  • A raised-relief map of the entire Appalachian Trail—the only one of its kind, measuring more than 10 feet.
  • Hiker services, including a lounge for hikers, with internet access and a phone. We also hold packages sent to P.O. Box 807 (799 Washington St.), Harpers Ferry, WV 25425, and offer denatured alcohol and Coleman fuel for a donation.
  • Hiker photo albums containing snapshots of more than 15,000 thru-hikers and section-hikers who have visited since 1979.  
  • Passport To Your National Parks® Cancellation Station. If you collect the rubber-stamp passport cancellations to National Parks, we'll be glad to stamp your book to record your visit to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.  
Boiling Springs A.T. Information Center
Located both on the A.T. and overlooking Children's Lake in picturesque Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, this information center shares space with the ATC Mid-Atlantic Regional Office.

4 E 1st Street
Boiling Springs, PA 17007
Directions to MARO

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.  
Open year-round on weekdays. Closed on weekends and federal holidays, though volunteers may be on-site during summer weekends.

(717) 258-5771
[email protected]

The Boiling Springs A.T. Information Center includes:
  • An information desk where a staff member is available to answer questions about hiking the Trail, whether you’re planning a day-hike, thru-hike, or something in between.
  • Trail club brochures, hand-outs, local maps, and a reference library.
  • Gift shop where you can purchase guidebooks, postcards, mid-Atlantic region A.T. hiker maps, associated merchandise, and ATC memberships.  White gas and denatured alcohol stove fuels are also available for a small donation.
  • Front porch where the regional FAQ document, hikers' info bulletin board, and Trail register are available seven days a week.
  • On summer weekends, Trail club volunteers may be available on the front porch from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide information and assistance.
  • Water faucet on south side of building (unavailable during coldest months of winter).
  • Passport To Your National Parks® Cancellation Station. We provide the NPS passport stamp to record your visit to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

In very close proximity to the Information Center are hiker services, including post office, ATM, convenience stores, a hiker-friendly restaurant, lodging, and municipal swimming pool with showers (Memorial Day through Labor Day).

The small and very busy parking lot in front of the ATC building is restricted to daytime use; please check with staff during office hours.  For long term or overnight parking at the nearby historical park, get a permit from the ATC regional office during working hours (or call ahead during office hours to make other arrangements).  This parking permit, though free, is required. There is no overnight parking in the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission parking lot by the lake. Call (717) 258-5771 for more information about the parking permit.

Hiker packages should not be sent to ATC’s Boiling Springs, PA office. The Boiling Springs Post Office, right across the street, is open more regular hours (including Saturday mornings). The ATC mid-Atlantic office has only a few people, many of whom do a lot of field work, so there are times the office will be closed during the week and unable to receive new USPS, Fed-Ex and UPS packages, or unable to distribute packages to hikers. Plus, they have extremely limited space with staff members practically on top of each other already.

Bears Den Trail Center
18393 Blueridge Mountain Road
Bluemont, VA 20135
Phone: 540-554-8708
Email: [email protected]
Directions to Bears Den

The Bears Den Trail Center in Clarke County, Virginia, is owned by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The property is protected by an easement held by the National Park Service. It is managed by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club as a hiker facility and includes a hostel and campground. The Appalachian Trail passes by the scenic Bears Den overlook, with views of the northern Shenandoah River valley. The lodge was built in 1933 of native stone as a summer home for a Washington, D.C. physician and his wife. In addition to providing overnight lodging and facilities for A.T. hikers, Bears Den has nature trails and picnic areas and welcomes hikers and nearby community members with educational programs, live music, and other events. The property is included in the recently designated Bears Den Rural Historic District in Virginia, which has been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.