The Front Royal Trolley stops at the Hwy 522 AT trailhead from May 1st to July 31st. Monday – Friday the trolley stops at the trail crossing at 9:45 am and 2:20 pm.
Saturday and Sunday the trolley stops at the AT trailhead at 2:20 pm and 5:20 pm.
The fare is 50 cents each way. For more info call 540 825 2456 or check out the Virginia Regional Transit website at http://www.vatransit.org.
New for 2019 AT Thru-Hikers
Basecamp is located at 122 Main Street in historic downtown Front Royal. Supported by local businesses, several AT hikers provided valuable input in its design and furnishing. Though it opened late last year, the Class of 2019 will be the first through hikers to enjoy its generous amenities.
Basecamp is supported by the Front Royal Brewing Company, Mountain Trails Outfitters, and the Down Home Comfort Bakery. To get into Basecamp hikers need to go to one of these business to obtain the door code which is also the electronic code for their locker.
From the Hwy 522 trailhead NOBO hikers can use a local shuttle service, taxi, or the Front Royal Trolley to get to the Visitors Center which is 4 miles away. Two blocks from the Visitors they should enter the outer door of the Front Royal Brewing Company at 122 Main Street. Inside, they should stop at the bakery or the brewing company to obtain their door code. The entrance to Basecamp is just to the left of the inner door to the Front Royal Brewing Company.
From the Hwy 55 trailhead SOBO hikers can use a local shuttle service or taxi to get to the Visitors Center which is 8.5 miles away
FREE lockers to store your pack and other gear
FREE washer, dryer and detergent
PRIVATE bathroom and shower with a deep sink
Loaner Box with clothes hikers can use while their clothes are being washed
An entire blank wall is provided as the Basecamp Journal. Everyone is encouraged to leave their mark here. Feel free to contribute your messages, trail updates, inspirational quotes, original artwork, etc. It will be exciting to see what the Class of 2019 leaves behind!
Be sure to visit the local businesses on Main Street, especially those supporting Basecamp. They all look forward to meeting you and providing information on what else is available nearby.
I’ll be camping at Big Meadows this weekend and trying out my new Eno© hammock and tent fly. I recently found the hammock on sale at the REI Outlet for 70% off MSRP. So now I’m a “hammock camper”. Thank goodness I didn’t find an igloo for sale!
Everyone ensures me there will be lots of places to hang it. The hardcore enthusiasts insist I’ll never sleep on the ground again and I’ll want to hang the hammock on my back deck. I wonder what the HOA will think about that.
I’ll let you know this adventure goes.