Appalachian Trail Museum Opens on March 31, 2012

Published Mar 26, 2012

The Appalachian Trail Museum is located at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, PA.

The museum opens for its third season on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

The delightful treasure trove is in a 200-year-old grist mill, right across the street from the renowned Pine Grove General Store. This spot is a mere two miles from the midpoint on the 2,181 mile national treasure we call the Appalachian Trail. Thru-hikers celebrate the halfway mark on their trek by trying to eat a half-gallon of ice cream at the General Store. A labor of love, indeed.

The museum exhibits items from the founders of the trail, Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery, and from Grandma Gatewood, Gene Espy and many others. Also on display is the last remaining shelter built by Earl Shaffer, painstakingly restored inside the museum.

Admission is free. Donations are gratefully received.


  • Weekends: Noon until 4 PM until May 26th
  • As of May 26th, daily from noon until 4 PM through Labor Day weekend
  • After Labor Day weekend, weekends Noon to 4 PM
  • The museum plans to close for the winter on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

Contact Information

Address: 1100 Pine Grove Road; Pine Grove Furnace State Park; Gardners, PA 17324-9078

Phone: 717-486-8126


Click Here for the Appalachian Trail Museum's Website

Click Here to Download 2012 Events pdf for Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Tags: Attractions, Events, Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, and Hiking

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