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.
- Gift Shop:
- Months Open: Seasonal (closes at beginning of November for the season)
- Motorcoach Parking:
- Notes: 2019 Season Saturday, March 30 to Sunday, April 28 -- Weekends, Noon to 4 PM Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, July 14 -- 9 AM to 4 PM every day Monday, July 15 to Sunday, August 18 -- Noon to 4 PM every day Wednesday, August 21 to Sunday, October 27 -- Noon to 4 PM Wednesday thru Sunday (Open Labor Day Monday, September 2, and Columbus Day, Monday, October 14)
- Parking: Free
- Handicapped Accessible:
- All Ages:
- Along the Appalachian Trail:
- Interpretative Signage:
- Pine Grove Fur. State Park:
- Group Reservations Required:
- Maximum # of People for Tour: 50
- Motorcoach Parking:
- Price Range: vary
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