1100 Pine Grove Road
Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Gardners, PA 17324-9078
The Appalachian Trail Museum
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!
Nearby is the Ironmasters Hostel which is operated as a hiker hostel.
The Old Mill is owned by the State Park, but has had limited use in
recent years. Following the negotiation of a lease agreement that
allowed the building's use for museum purposes, extensive renovations
were undertaken -- mostly with the use of volunteer labor. The result
is that the main floor is now up to code requirements and is in use as t
he Appalachian Trail Museum. Plans are in the works for future renovations,
as funds become available, that will make space available on another floor.
Current exhibits include a trail shelter that was built by hiker legend
Earl Shaffer. The shelter, which has been replaced with a more modern one,
was painstakingly disassembled at its former site on Peters Mountain in
Pennsylvania and reassembled in the new Museum. In addition, there are
artifacts that belonged to other hiking pioneers such as Grandma Gatewood,
Gene Espy, and Ed Garvey. In the Museum computers display the more than
12,000 photos that have been taken of thru-hikers as they reached
Harpers Ferry on their journeys either north or south. There is also a
children's discovery area and hiker welcoming areas both inside and outside.
FALL HOURS of OPERATION
The A. T. Museum's Fall hours of operation are noon to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
until Nov. 5th, when it closes for the season. The only exceptions are that the A. T. Museum
will be open on Columbus Day as well and that there will be extended hours of operation
for the Fall Festival in October.
Phone: 717 486-8126
To See a detailed map of Pine Grove Furnace State Park,the Appalachian Trail in the park, N40° 1.9793', W077° 18.2776'
and the area around the Museum site, click here to see a map as a PDF file
Latitude, Longitude: 40.032988, -77.304626
Some Mapping Programs place this address too far to the north. The
intersection of Rt 233 and Pine Grove Rd has the Park Office on the East side.
The Appalachian Trail Museum is a few hundred feet south of there along
with parking and the Pine Grove Furnace.