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The Appalachian Trail Museum Society serves the Appalachian Trail community by telling the stories of the founding, construction, preservation, maintenance, protection, and enjoyment of the Trail since its creation. The Museum will collect, preserve, and interpret materials relevant to these subjects in an effort to portray not only the history of the Trail, but also the essence of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual human experience of the Appalachian environment and the culture of hiking.

Our mission statement is reflected in the Museum that is located in Pennsylvania's Pine Grove Furnace State Park, about two miles from the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail, the Museum is halfway between Maine and Georgia. Appropriately, the Museum is housed in a building that is itself a historical artifact, a structure built more than two hundred years ago as a grist mill. It stands across the road from the Pine Grove General Store, a site famed in hiker lore. It is here that thru-hikers traditionally stop to celebrate reaching the midpoint by eating -- or attempting to eat -- a half gallon of ice cream in one sitting.

Take a peek at the Appalachian Trail Museum through the four minute video made by one of our ATMS members, TrailAngel Mary:



Currently, the museum has exhibits devoted to early founders of the trail - Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery, as well as some of the early Pioneer thru-hikers including Earl Shaffer, Grandma Gatewood, Gene Espy, and Ed Garvey. Another one of the highlights is the last remaining shelter built by Earl Shaffer that has been painstakingly dismantled and then reassembled inside the museum. A computer station has access to a database of over 10,000 pictures of thru-hikers as they passed through Harper's Ferry and stopped at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to check in, or just to say "Hi".


Contact Information

1120 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA 17324
Phone: 717 486-8126

Electronic mail
General Information: info@atmuseum.org

The Museum

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