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Naked Dog
11-20-2003, 15:31
Does anyone know if this hostel, just South of Front Royal, VA is still in operation?

max patch
11-20-2003, 15:45
Does anyone know if this hostel, just South of Front Royal, VA is still in operation?

WF 2003 Handbook says open 5/1 thru Labor Day. Gives phone number 540.539.0509

grizzly03
11-21-2003, 11:54
Does anyone know if this hostel, just South of Front Royal, VA is still in operation?

I stayed at this hostel for three days after getting out the Shenendoah, while I had to wait for friends to arrive in Harpers Ferry. Very nice place. I was the only one there for two nights and the owner picked me up after slack packing the AT from the Shenendoah boundary to Front Royal one of those days.

Griz

Walessp
12-07-2003, 18:23
Does anyone know if this hostel, just South of Front Royal, VA is still in operation?

Have not been there yet. However, Mike Evans is the host and is still responding to email (gratefulgg@hotmail.com) and taking reservations if it fits with his availability. 10 inches of snow reported yesterday and SNP north is closed temporarily anyway (as of 12/6/03). His phone is 1-540-631-0777.

Scott

(Sky Rider)

mustang
12-07-2003, 23:19
I didn't stay at the hostel but ran into the owner on the trail during my thru-hike. He was extremely nice and was a former thru-hker and offered to open early for us. I would bet this is a great place to stay and he would go out of his way for hikers!

neo
08-22-2004, 07:09
i stayed here on a section hike in may 2003,mike,the greatful green peace guy is a great guy,really enjoyed my stay after doing a 31 mile hike the day before:banana neo

Miss Janet
08-22-2004, 09:21
I visited there this summer and I really like his set up and his laid back attitude. I do know that he is operating seasonally.

Fannypack
05-03-2005, 08:56
I went by the hostel and Mike Evans, trailname is Grateful Greenpeace Guy, is a nice guy and he has a great setup.. He hiked AT95, PCT98... I definitely plan on stopping there sometime when I am hiking...

In case u are interested, here is the info off his "business' card:
Terrapin Station Hostel
Mike Evans
304 Chester Gap rd
Chester Gap, VA 22623
540-539-0509 - 540-631-0777
gratefulgg@hotmail.com

OPEN - May 1 - July 9, 2005

Directions: From AT going north, 0.2 mile before exiting the SNP (If you reach the backcountry permit sign-in kiosk, turn around 0.1 mi). Go straight on Compton Gap Trail as AT turns left - cement trail marker say "Chester Gap State Rt 610 0.5 mile." Hostel is 1st house on paved road (on the left). Entrance around the back..

$17 night (or $30, 2 nights, Includes 12.5 mil. slack)
includes free A.M. shuttle to front Royal, laundry, shower, towel, soap, shower clothes and bunks with mattress.

Snacks including microwave pizza, ice cream, sodas and goodies for sale.

Tha Wookie
05-03-2005, 13:40
Wow - great name!

"While the fire lights aglow,
strange shadows from the flames do grow!"

-RH

Sleepy the Arab
05-03-2005, 14:02
Yeah, after about two years of hearing the name of this place, it was only today that I just got the name (it's 'cause I'm spacey). So of course the proprietor is laid-back!

Lump76
01-18-2006, 12:50
A couple buddies and I stayed at Terrapin Station the night before we began our first section hike two years ago (Front Royal to Harpers Ferry). We were as green as they come, but Mike was patient and gave us a bunch of great information. Also let us borrow a map of the section we were hiking and just asked that we mail it back to him. He also drove us to the grocery store so we could pick up some last-minute supplies and a pizza. I'm planning to introduce my girlfriend to the AT this June and plan to stay at Terrapin before tackling SNP. It's no Bears Den... but it's pretty nice.

Disney
02-08-2006, 14:57
Mike is a great guy and his setup is grand. It's well worth a night, especially since it's a 5 minute walk off the trail.

ARambler
02-08-2006, 15:38
... It's no Bears Den... but it's pretty nice.
But you are more likely to see pictures of dancing bears.;)

Great place. Mike is open for the heart of the NOBO season. Very limited availability other times.
Rambler

fishinfred
02-08-2006, 16:08
I stayed 2 nights last 4th of july weekend when I got stuck waiting on a bounce box Mike is a great Host and Keeps a stocked fridge of ice cream pizza and the like with Shuttle opportunities Daily to get shuttled to town ,Great Reading Materials and MUSIC ,clean with all the essentials it was a nice rest stop , also I worked the weekend at Weasel Creek Outfitters helping them move to their new location which is right Downtown where the old Hardware used to be .Brandon and Wendy were really great "HIKER FRIENDLY" People too and they have a GREAT selection of Supplies !
They were a little unorganized last year because of the move but their new location is Bigger and they are settled in now . If anyone plans a stop in Front Royal I'd recomend Both!
Happy Trails!
FF

Spiritual Pillgrim
07-02-2006, 12:39
I was the 1st "official" hiker this year. Signed in on May 1st but there were a few '06 thru hikers that got there B4 me. Met B-Man there. Both B-Man and Mike (owner) were great company. Good place to stop.

bearbait2k4
07-12-2006, 21:00
Great place, and great hostel owner. One of the highlights of my 2004 hike.

If you challenge him to a game of disc golf or miniature golf, be careful! Mike may take you up on it!

Lone Wolf
07-12-2006, 21:02
How bout REAL golf?

Lone Wolf
07-12-2006, 21:04
Disk golf and mini golf is like a vegetarian eating something that looks and is called a veggie BURGER. ***?

bearbait2k4
07-12-2006, 21:04
That's a very good question, L. Wolf. If he has the equipment, I'm sure he'd be game.

Singe03
11-08-2006, 03:30
If he is still operating... Ask him about going down the knife edge on Kathadin after summiting, not sure how much he was being truthful and how much was just storytelling but he had us in stitches. To paraphrase Ms. Janet, I don't care if it is a true story, as long as it is a good one.

MOWGLI
11-08-2006, 07:52
Disk golf and mini golf is like a vegetarian eating something that looks and is called a veggie BURGER. ***?

You obviously never tried a Boca Burger (http://www.bocaburger.com/). Ever been golfing in Boca?

AT-HITMAN2005
01-28-2008, 22:27
don't know if i missed this in the appalachian pages or it's closed, but does anyone know if this place will be open this year?

Furlough
07-28-2008, 11:03
Does anyone know if this Hostel is still operating?

Furlough

A-Train
07-28-2008, 11:16
I believe its not, and he was planning on being on the CDT this year? Cool place, but I think it's closed.

rafe
07-28-2008, 11:31
I believe its not, and he was planning on being on the CDT this year? Cool place, but I think it's closed.

It was closed for the 2007 season. Don't know about 2008. Maybe one of this year's hikers could fill us in.

Kirby
07-28-2008, 18:17
Where's it located? I don't recall that one in my guidebook.

Kirby

Jan LiteShoe
07-28-2008, 18:17
Doesn't sound like it according to his journal:
http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=6933

rafe
07-28-2008, 18:22
Where's it located? I don't recall that one in my guidebook.

Kirby

Between Front Royal and the northern entrance to SNP. Last year there was a sign on or near the trail, with an apology saying, "Sorry, we're closed."

Furlough
07-28-2008, 18:51
AWOL let me know that it possibily may re-open for the 2009 season.

Furlough

twilight
12-04-2008, 17:52
I would also be interested to know if this hostel is still in operation:-? Thanks

mrhughes1982
10-12-2009, 05:45
Does anyone know if this hostel, just South of Front Royal, VA is still in operation?

How about now?

Skyline
10-12-2009, 08:21
How about now?


It is now called the Front Royal Hostel. It operated in 2009 for the NOBO thru-hiker prime time and then closed in early July.

Mike says plans are to do the same in 2010. He submitted a detailed listing to me a few weeks ago to include in the 2010 Companion and the other two guidebooks. If they each print it verbatim, all questions should be answered.

Graywolf
05-07-2014, 15:47
I know its been a few years since this thread has had content, but I stayed there in June of 2011 and it was called "Terrapin Station" then. I now live in Maryland which is much close to where I lived when I visited. I have been planning to go visit Mike sometime. It wasn't in the guide book but Big Meadows in Shenadoah had it listed. Mike came and took me to hostel after I was hit in the by a pole. Great place and great guy. Nice 3 day stay.

GoldenBear
06-05-2014, 19:38
Here's my review from last year.

www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?96076-Front-Royal-Terrapin-Station-Hostel-(FRTSH)