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02-05-2012, 09:14
I posted the info. below to another forum, but I also think it is relevant to this forum. For anyone looking for a place to park for a through of the SNP or for just a couple of days of hiking, the 4-H center outside of Front Royal is a place I can recommend.

Additionally, you could park here if your hiking the Front Royal to Harpers Ferry Section. Laurel at the Tea Horse Hostel in Harpers Ferry shuttles down this far. I added the Tea Horse Hostel info. down below the 4H parking info.

An alternative to parking out on 522 is to park at the Front Royal 4-H Center. It is free and off the driven path. I parked there when I did a through of the SNP.If interested their info is below. Paste the link into your browser or just search for Front Royal 4H. There is an access trail that leads from the parking lot up to the AT.

http://www.nova4h.com (http://www.nova4h.com/)

Hikers on the Appalachian Trail are permitted to park vehicles at the 4-H Center under the following guidelines:

Hikers who wish to park must complete a parking form (http://www.whiteblaze.net/storage/Appalachian Trail Hikers Parking Form.pdf) prior to their trip. The form may be returned to the 4-H Center via fax or in person.
Cars may be parked for a maximum of 30 days. Please contact the 4-H Center for trips longer than 30 days.
Cars must be parked in the parking area directly across from the pool and below the access trail.
Through-hikers may wish to take advantage of the pool (http://www.whiteblaze.net/pool-info/) and concession stand. You are welcome at the pool during regular business hours (http://www.whiteblaze.net/storage/2011 public pool calendar.pdf).

Teahorse B&B / Hostel
1312 Washington St.
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
phone: (304) 535-6848 email: [email protected]


Don H
02-05-2012, 09:28
I've parked at the 4H Center twice for week long sections without a problem. The only problem is picking the correct blue blaze to get to the parking lot from the AT. Last time I came through there was a 4H sign strapped to a tree pointing the way. This was also where I saw my first bear on my thru last year.

02-05-2012, 09:34
Sign was there two weeks ago.

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02-05-2012, 12:25
What's the parking like at Compton Gap? I plan on parking there when I do a section hike of SNP.
I also was planning on starting at beagle gap and having a car there also.

02-05-2012, 12:37
This is very helpful - Thank you !!!!!!

02-05-2012, 12:51
Furlough - Can you please check the link to the parking form. it appears not working. I looked on the NOVA site for the form, but could not find it....

02-05-2012, 13:45
Toolshed - go to www.nova4h.com (http://www.nova4h.com). Once there on the right at the top click on the more info tab. Once that opens up scroll down to Appalachian Trail. Click on Appalachiian Trail. Once that is opened click on the parking form link. I just did this twice in a row and it worked for me.

02-05-2012, 14:17
got it! Thank you...

Don H
02-05-2012, 21:54
I think last time I parked there I called the 4H office and gave them my information. They were very accommodating.

02-05-2012, 22:01
+1 on the 4-H Center. Parked there last Spring. Staff is super nice, and can't beat the price for a 24-hour secure lot. See other thread about break-ins at the US522 lot.