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Appalachian Trail Museum

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Address: 1120 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324
Phone: (717) 486-8126
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The Appalachian Trail Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to hiking. It portrays and preserves the history and the physical, emotional and spiritual human experiences of the Appalachian Trail (A.T). Exhibits are devoted to early founders of the trail - Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery, as well as some of the early Pioneer thru-hikers such as Earl Shaffer (the last remaining shelter he built is on display) and Grandma Gatewood. The museum also features changing exhibits, a thru-hiker photo display of over 10,000 A.T. Hikers, a hiker's lounge and an indoor/outdoor story-telling center to encourage visitors to share hiking experiences. Free admission.

The A.T. Museum is located inside a 200-year-old grist mill in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, about two hours north of Baltimore and is conveniently located near the midway point of the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail (A.T.). The museum is situated next to two popular A.T. hiking stops, the Pine Grove General Store, where it is tradition to stop and eat a half gallon of ice cream, and the Ironmaster's Mansion where you can sleep overnight in dormitory-style accommodations.

View the Pine Grove Furnace State Park Map (.pdf) to see where the A.T. Museum is located compared to the other activities at the park.

Parking is limited at the museum itself. If you can't find a free space, park near the Pine Grove General Store or at the large gravel lot near the Pine Grove Iron Furnace.

Groups: Relive the history and memories of the Appalachian Trail through a self-guided tour. Guided tours available upon advanced request.

  • Gift Shop
  • Months Open: Seasonal (closes at beginning of November for the season)
  • Motorcoach Parking
  • Notes: Reopening for the season on March 26, 2016 March 26-May 1: Weekends 12pm to 4 pm May 7-July 17: Every day from 9am to 4pm July 18-August 21: Every day from 12pm to 4pm August 24-October 30: Wednesday through Sunday 12pm-4pm Labor Day and Columbus Day: 12pm-4pm
  • Parking: Free
  • Handicapped Accessible
Family Fun
  • All Ages
Land Recreation
  • Along the Appalachian Trail
  • Pine Grove Fur. State Park
  • Interpretative Signage
General
  • Group Reservations Required
  • Maximum # of People for Tour: 50
  • Motorcoach Parking
  • Price Range: vary
Type of Experience
  • Educational
  • Historical
06-03-2016
06-04-2016

Grand Opening: AT Museum Children's Exhibit

Dates: June 04, 2016
Time: From: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Appalachian Trail Museum
06-05-2016

A Pictorial History of the A.T. in West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania

Dates: June 05, 2016
Time: Starting: 2:00 PM
Location: Appalachian Trail Museum
06-12-2016

Lyme Disease Prevention

Dates: June 12, 2016
Time: Starting: 2:00 PM
Location: Appalachian Trail Museum
06-19-2016

Drag'N Fly and Freckles

Dates: June 19, 2016
Time: Starting: 2:00 PM
Location: Appalachian Trail Museum
07-10-2016

Wild Edibles

Dates: July 10, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Appalachian Trail Museum
07-17-2016

Backpacking with a Dog

Dates: July 17, 2016
Time: Starting: 2:00 PM
Location: Appalachian Trail Museum
07-24-2016

Starting Out Halfway... WV, MD, and PA on the Appalachian Trail

Dates: July 24, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Appalachian Trail Museum
07-31-2016

You Don't Know What You've Got 'Til It's Gone

Dates: July 31, 2016
Time: Starting: 2:00 PM
Location: Appalachian Trail Museum
08-28-2016

Appalachian Odyssey

Dates: August 28, 2016
Time: Starting: 2:00 PM
Location: Appalachian Trail Museum