Appalachian Trail Museum Opens March 29, 2014

Published Aug 16, 2014

The Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail Museum -- the Louvre of the AT -- opens for its 5th season on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Forget Mona Lisa. You'll smile when you set your eyes on Gramma Gatewood's Keds at the Appalachian Trail Museum. You won't even have to fly to France and eat unknown forms of coagulated milk (a.k.a. "cheese") served by snooty people who drink and sleep too much and often smell worse than thru-hikers.

No need to fear breaking the goofy glass pyramid that mars the landscape at the Louvre. The AT Museum is made of stone! You're allowed to put your feet up at the Pine Grove General Store next door and (try to) eat a half-gallon of ice cream with hikers who have earned their effluvium. Try that while gawking at Massys' The Moneylenders in that other museum that is NOWHERE near the Appalachian Trail.

More than 7,525 visitors experienced the Appalachian Trail Museum during the 2013 season. Since opening in 2010, the museum has had almost 30,000 visitors from across the United States and many foreign countries, including (probably) France.

The historical displays at the AT Museum are fascinating, as the photographs below will attest.

Museum Manager Joseph Harold said volunteers are being sought for all aspects of museum operations from greeters and docents to maintenance and landscaping crews to program and hike leaders. For volunteer opportunities contact Harold at atmuseumgreeters@gmail.com.

2014 Appalachian Trail Museum Operating Hours

  • Saturday, March 29th to Sunday, May, 4th: Weekends, noon to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 10th to Sunday July 6th: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily
  • Monday, July 7th to Sunday, August 3rd: Noon to 4:00 pm every day
  • August 4th to November 2nd: Noon to 4:00 pm Wednesday thru Sunday
  • Also open on Labor Day, Monday, September 1st and Columbus Day, Monday, October 13th

About the Appalachian Trail Museum Society

The Appalachian Trail Museum Society, a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization formed in 2002, organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum. The museum opened on June 5, 2010, as a tribute to the thousands of men, women and families who have hiked and maintained the 2,184 mile long hiking trail that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. Located in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, Pennsylvania, the museum is conveniently near Carlisle, Gettysburg and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Click Here for the AT Museum's Website


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