Blackburn Trail Center

Blackburn Trail Center Owned by PATC. Trailhead parking, blue blaze to AT, potable water, electric outlets on screened-in porch, campsites, hiker cabin inc. woodstove and bunks.
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Campground, hiker hostel, and rental cabin located 1/4 mile off the Appalachian Trail in Round Hill, VA. Owned and operated by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Funded by your donations! Thank you for being a part of Blackburn.

Operating as usual

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
03/23/2021

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is planning to conduct a few prescribed burns along the #AppalachianTrail this spring.

• State Game Lands 305 - Between now and mid-May 2021, the PA Game Commission plans to conduct a prescribed burn to help regenerate the pitch pine-dry oak forest habitat. This burn will be on lands adjacent to the #AT in the vicinity of Alec Kennedy Shelter (mile 1120.1), Center Point Knob (mile 1121.1), and approximately 3.5-miles south of Boiling Springs, PA (mile 1124.0). The Trail will remain open during the burn.
• State Game Lands 211 - Between now and the end of April 2021, the PA Game Commission plans to conduct a prescribed burn in Lebanon County near Rausch Gap. The A.T. section between the Rausch Creek Bridge (mile 1179.1) and just north of the crest of Second Mountain (mile 1181) may be closed on the day of the burn. Hikers may be asked to use a detour or wait while the burn is taking place for everyone’s safety.

Hikers may experience smoky conditions on the Trail during these prescribed burns. Burn dates vary due to weather conditions, like wind and humidity. To stay up-to-date on the latest Trail alerts and conditions, visit appalachiantrail.org/trail-updates/.

Appalachian Trail Wildflowers
03/20/2021
Appalachian Trail Wildflowers

Appalachian Trail Wildflowers

Spring is here and warmer days are finally upon us, meaning ephemeral spring wildflowers will be sprouting along the A.T.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
03/19/2021

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn along the #AppalachianTrail in Virginia on Saturday, March 20 or Sunday, March 21, 2021, to improve wildlife habitat. The Trail, through the bald on Whitetop mountain, will be temporarily closed in this one-mile section until fire managers deem conditions safe. Signs will be posted at both ends of the Trail in this burn area.

For more information about this update, visit appalachiantrail.org/trail-updates.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
03/03/2021

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Join ATC staff for a virtual presentation on hiking the #AppalachianTrail, with a special focus on being an ally to underrepresented groups on March 11, 2021, at 4 pm EST.

“Being an ally is someone who supports a group other than your own in terms of multiple identities like race, age and gender…We’re doing work to understand what partners we haven’t been including in the past, and also creating first time experiences for folks, making sure those experiences are inclusive and safe,” said Julie Judkins, ATC Director of Education and Outreach.

Register here: https://appalachiantrail.org/event/2021-hiker-guidance-how-to-be-an-ally/

Photo by Horizonline Pictures

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
12/17/2020

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

STORM ALERT: Winter Storm Gail will be affecting most of the #AppalachianTrail beginning this morning (December 16) and lasting through the end of the week. Some areas are expected to receive 18 inches of snow or more, strong winds and below-freezing temperatures. Hikers should postpone their trips or, at the very least, use extreme caution and prepare for downed trees, ice and slippery Trail conditions. Current weather conditions can be monitored via the National Weather Service at weather.gov. #HikeSafe

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
09/07/2020

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Countless hours and thousands of volunteers make the #AppalachianTrail a footpath for feet to walk. This #LaborDay and every day, we thank you for giving your time, resources and energy to the Trail.

Discover ways you can volunteer on the A.T. here: appalachiantrail.org/volunteer or find a Trail Club near you!

Photo by H. Dean Clark

Shifting Perspectives and Realities
07/17/2020
Shifting Perspectives and Realities

Shifting Perspectives and Realities

A commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion is critical for the future protection of the Trail.

07/16/2020

While all buildings at Blackburn remain closed, our campground is open. Good well water is always available from the outside spigot near steps off the driveway. Day and overnight trailhead parking is also available at designated lots. Donation to the Road Fund is always appreciated and box is on tree at the Trailhead Parking Lot. Caretaker Moxey is in residence and can answer your questions. Hike safe, mask up, and remember Leave No Trace. Thanks!

Blackburn Trail Center's cover photo
07/16/2020

Blackburn Trail Center's cover photo

Not Just Another Hiker
06/12/2020
Not Just Another Hiker

Not Just Another Hiker

Shilletha Curtis describes how her experiences outdoors and interactions with A.T. groups online highlight the need for change.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
06/01/2020

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Over the past few weeks, we at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) have taken inventory of the social landscape within the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) community and across the United States. We have seen the recent and tragic deaths of black men and women — Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd — generate anger, frustration, resentment, and protest. We have seen, not just in the past few weeks but throughout the history of outdoor recreation, black men and women try to enjoy the outdoors only to have the police called on them while birdwatching (Christian Cooper), to have a gun pulled on them while picnicking (Jessica and Franklin Richardson) or to have been shot while going for a run (Ahmaud Arbery). We know these are only a few stories among many where black men and women have been systematically marginalized and targeted.

We have heard the voices of many — in the cities and beyond — calling for an end to this widespread injustice and racial violence. We have heard the call for a more equitable, inclusive, and peaceful future. Through the anger, sadness, and frustration, we have seen and felt the urgent need for justice, particularly for those who have been pushed to the margins. We, as a Conservancy, join those voices and demand justice but we also recognize the problem exists in our own community.

As we have learned throughout the course of this pandemic, the A.T. is not a separate reality from the rest of the world. The need for justice is just as relevant in the Trail community. The A.T. is not racially or ethnically diverse. It is not accessible to people from low-income communities. It is not always a safe place for women. And, it is not relevant to many people we consider to be part of the next generation. We recognize this must change. We recognize we must orient ourselves and the broader Trail community to justice in its many forms — environmental, social, racial, and economic.

We have taken some steps to address these issues, but a lot of work remains. Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion must be the cornerstone of everything the ATC does. We will continue to undertake training, we will educate our Trail-wide community, we will diversify representation among our staff, our Board, and our volunteers and visitors. We will continue to reach out to Trailside communities, addressing issues around race, ethnicity, and inclusion — including making the Trail and Trailside communities safe, open, and welcoming spaces for black hikers. We will invest — with time and money — in change.

We feel justice comes in the form of action. We believe action can make meaningful change. We are committing to making the A.T. and the broader Trail community a space that is inclusive, open, and safe for all.

In solidarity and hope,

Sandra Marra
President & CEO
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Scope of A.T. Volunteerism
05/29/2020
The Scope of A.T. Volunteerism

The Scope of A.T. Volunteerism

For almost 100 years, volunteerism has been the bedrock of the Appalachian Trail and the ATC.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
03/28/2020
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Effective immediately, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Trail Park Office in the states of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine. For more information, please visit nps.gov/appa and appalachiantrail.org/covid-19 for further updates.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
03/27/2020

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Practicing social distancing but want to take a hike on the A.T.? You can now hike the #AppalachianTrail virtually! For a limited time, downloads of the iOS app Walk The Distance are free!

This app tracks your steps and shows how far you would have walked on the #AT. Connect with the Trail, keep friends and family motivated, and more, as you track your progress using shelter and landmark checkpoints.

Check back with us on Instagram Stories for progress updates from ATC staff! #virtualATchallenge

Download now by clicking here: https://walkthedistance.page.link/98keLRmDlXmLp7KO3gZA

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
03/27/2020
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ATC President & CEO Sandra Marra chats with
Backpacker Radio about the #AppalachianTrail and why its important to stay off the Trail at this time. Listen in!

Blackburn Trail Center's cover photo
03/25/2020

Blackburn Trail Center's cover photo

Blackburn Trail Center
03/25/2020

Blackburn Trail Center

03/25/2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

BLACKBURN IS COMPETELY CLOSED TO ALL DAY AND OVERNIGHT USE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

FACILITIES, CAMPSITES AND PRIVYS ARE CLOSED.

Shenandoah National Park
03/25/2020

Shenandoah National Park

PARK UPDATE March 24, 2020
About 100 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail (A.T.) run through Shenandoah National Park. Along our portion of the trail are huts, shelters, and cabins maintained by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, an all volunteer organization that donates countless hours toward maintaining the A.T. and its associated resources.

At this time A.T. huts and cabins in Shenandoah National Park are closed.

We’d also like to share with you this message from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's President and CEO:
In these unprecedented times, I am making an unprecedented request: please stay away from the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Whether your hike is for a couple of hours or a couple of days, staying away from the Trail minimizes the spread or contraction of COVID-19.
For the rest of this important message: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/alerts.htm

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
03/24/2020

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

This past weekend, the #AppalachianTrail saw high numbers of day #hikers, who see the outdoors as an escape from this difficult time. ATC President & CEO Sandra Marra asks everyone to help stop the spread and protect the Trail from overuse by staying off the Trail until further notice.

Read More: http://appalachiantrail.org/stay-off-at

The ATC's COVID-19 Plan
03/14/2020
The ATC's COVID-19 Plan

The ATC's COVID-19 Plan

President & CEO Sandra Marra discusses the ATC's efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on the Appalachian Trail.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
03/13/2020

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Due to public health concerns, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry will be closed until March 20, 2020. The 2020 Flip Flop Festival has also been canceled. We will post more information as it becomes available.

Appalachian Trail Museum
03/04/2020
Appalachian Trail Museum

Appalachian Trail Museum

It's our great pleasure to announce the Tenth Class of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame: Chris Brunton, Thurston Griggs, Warren Doyle and Walkin' Jim Stoltz. We'll honor them at the A.T. Hall of Fame Banquet on May 2 in Carlisle, PA.

Why We Shouldn't Kill Snakes
03/02/2020
Why We Shouldn't Kill Snakes

Why We Shouldn't Kill Snakes

Snakes are some of the most misunderstood creatures around; whose instinctually driven brains, reactions, and energy can be hard to comprehend and so it can be hard for the mainly logic-driven human to relate.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
03/02/2020

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Don’t let germs and sickness lay you out! Here are a few health tips to feeling trailtastic:

• Wash your hands frequently with biodegradable soap at least 200 ft from water sources. When soap is not available, use hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol.
• Do not eat out of the same food bag, share utensils or drink from other hikers’ water bottles. – Sometimes sharing isn’t caring!
• Keep some distance between you and other hikers whenever possible, especially if either of you are showing signs of being sick.

Please refer to CDC.gov for the latest guidance on the coronavirus.

For Trail Updates & Alerts, head to appalachiantrail.org/updates

Photo by Bob Parker

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
02/29/2020

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

As we look forward to another year of #AppalachianTrail adventures, remember to keep an eye on your surroundings and to report any situation that could be dangerous to you or others — if you see something, say something.

Visit appalachiantrail.org/incidents for ways to quickly find the appropriate point of contact. #HikeSafe

Swatara Coffee Co.
01/26/2020
Swatara Coffee Co.

Swatara Coffee Co.

"Jonestown is such a gem. It's located in this rural community close to Appalachian Tail, and I was like, 'It needs a coffee shop. It needs this community gathering place.'"

Teahorse Hostel  in Harpers Ferry
01/24/2020

Teahorse Hostel in Harpers Ferry

Teahorse Hostel in Harpers Ferry is going to open April 12 for the hiking season! You can reserve a bunk at teahorsehostel.com. We are also open for one week in March (March 14-21) - reserve online or walk-ins welcome.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
01/11/2020

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Our #AppalachianTrail Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry will be closed Jan. 21-24 for a staff retreat. Any hikers whose package pickups may be impacted by this closure, please contact us at 304.535.6331 or [email protected] prior to Jan. 17 to make alternate arrangements. Thank you and #HappyHiking!

For further information about our Visitor Center, visit us at appalachiantrail.org/harpers-ferry-visitor-center

ATC 2020 Trail Crew Staff
01/10/2020
ATC 2020 Trail Crew Staff

ATC 2020 Trail Crew Staff

Work for an organization that was named Outside’s Best Places to Work in 2014! Join us in our mission to help protect and preserve the Appalachian Trail! The ATC encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness with all employees and volunteers to enable participation and contributions to their...

Experience Harpers Ferry
12/21/2019

Experience Harpers Ferry

We are happy to announce that no one was hurt during the train derailment that happened in Harpers Ferry last night. There are a couple minor closures in the National Park near the railroad tracks, but businesses are open, the rest of the Park is running regularly, and we’d love for you to come to Harpers Ferry and Bolivar for your last minute holiday shopping!

*Check the comments for a quick video showing the derailment.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
12/21/2019

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The #AppalachianTrail footbridge crossing the Potomac River in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is closed until further notice due to a train derailment early Saturday morning. There were thankfully no injuries, but the bridge will need extensive repairs before reopening. We will post more information as it becomes available at appalachiantrail.org/updates.

Photo by Carlyn Leigh Pate

08/09/2019
Ron

Ron

The FIRST A.T. Vista Is Coming ​in 2021!!
The A.T. Vista is the new branded replacement for the A.T. Biennials.

The year 2021 is the 100th Anniversary of the October, 1921 publication of Benton MacKaye's article, “An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning,” in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects. The A.T. Vista 2021 will include a celebration of this centennial.

During the latter half of 2020 through the summer of 2021, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will be celebrating its centennial as well, so the A.T. Vista program will include a celebration of the Trail Conference's Centennial as well.

​Check Back Often As Additional Information On A.T. Vista
2021 Is Announced!!

Ron Rosen, Inaugural A.T. Vista co-chair

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Hi folks. Great day hike through the area yesterday (Key Gap to you and back out) and found the trail center via jeep afterwards. We had planned to use your location for our next entry and overnight parking for a section hike but definitely have some questions about what you would recommend as we found folks were parked/trapped in by folks parking in middle of the entry road. Was wondering if that is normal and what is recommended by someone who knows the place better than we do. Thanks for any advise you can share.
Is there a place for people to camp in tents?
Can we use the lot for trailhead parking? We are hiking to harpers ferry, staying the night at David Lessors and then coming back for the car the next afternoon.
Hi! Our Troop is planning to hike the AT at the end of June, assuming it is open again, starting at Blackburn. Are showers available and how much do they cost? We might have about 8 Scouts and 2 adults. Thanks.
Hi I have a a group of scouts looking to camp at Blackburn on a Friday night. Hike the Devils Race Course to
Thank you for taking care of this wonderful place and taking care of all the hikers! I made to Harpers Ferry in one piece! You have a clean, friendly place and I told the south bounders about you.
what is the best time of year to hike the area for viewing fall colors?