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Appalachian Trail Museum

  • Address: 1120 Pine Grove Road Gardners, PA 17324
  • Phone: (717) 486-8126
  • 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. The ground floor of the building has been transformed into a children's area which features a cement floor painted with a children's version of the A.T. and beautiful panels for children to follow along the route to educate them about each state and the trail itself. 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.

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  • Months Open: Seasonal (closes at beginning of November for the season)
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  • Notes: 2017 Season March 25 to April 30, weekends only 12 pm to 4 pm. May 6 to July 16, daily 9 am to 4 pm. July 17 to August 20, Daily 12 pm to 4 pm. August 23 to October 29, Wed - Sun, 12 pm to 4 pm. (Open Labor Day and Columbus Day)
  • Parking: Free
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  • Group Reservations Required:
  • Maximum # of People for Tour: 50
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  • Price Range: vary
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7th Annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet

  • Date: June 2, 2017
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: Comfort Suites Downtown Carlisle

7th Annual Appalachain Trail Hall of Fame Festival

  • Date: June 3, 2017
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: Appalachian Trail Museum

Bears, Rivers & Pastoral Beauty: NY, NJ, CT & MA on the AT

  • Date: June 11, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Appalachian Trail Museum

Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America's Trail

  • Date: July 15, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Appalachian Trail Museum

Charcoal Hearths, Collier Huts & Haul Roads: Traces of the Pig Iron Industry Across South Mountain

  • Date: July 29, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Appalachian Trail Museum

A Must-See: The Great American Solar Eclipse

  • Date: August 6, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Appalachian Trail Museum

Leave No Trace

  • Date: August 20, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Appalachian Trail Museum