Limited Natural Water Sources
(10/5/17) Due to abnormally dry conditions, many natural water sources along the A.T. in Central Virginia are dry or extremely low.
There is currently no reliable natural water source for about 34 miles of the A.T., between Buffalo Creek near Route 11 in Troutville and the water source at Pickle Branch Shelter. The water sources for Lamberts Meadow, Campbell, Catawba, and Johns Spring Shelters are all dry or very nearly dry. Water is available in Tinker Creek and Catawba Creek, but hikers should be advised that those creeks drain from active farm land and they may prefer to obtain drinking water from local businesses in Daleville or Catawba.
Hikers should plan to carry extra water for this section, and prepare for low water conditions elsewhere in Central Virginia as well.
Pine Swamp Branch shelter temporarily closed due to overhead hazards
(03/21/17 - present) Pine Swamp Branch A.T. shelter is located north of Pearisburg, Virginia (654.7 miles from Springer). The shelter, and a 300’ radius around the shelter, is temporarily closed to overnight use due to multiple standing dead trees caused by gypsy moths.
Hikers: Please mark your guidebooks and plan to camp elsewhere. This shelter closure is for your safety.
Workarounds and more information to navigate this area can be found here.
Temporary Trailhead Closures due to Pavement Preservation on Blue Ridge Parkway
(06/27/17) A.T. access points—Trailheads—particularly from Blackhorse Gap (mile 741.7 north of Springer Mtn)
Shenandoah National Park
Temporary Camping Closure due to bear activity -- Rap Rap Parking to Turk Gap Parking
Overnight backcountry camping along the A.T. is closed in the south district from Rip Rap Parking to Turk Gap Parking, roughly Skyline Drive milepost 90 - 94.2.
Important reminder!! Be sure to keep a "clean" campsite. Be aware of food scraps and smells that may attract bears and other animals to packs and to tents. For more information on bear safety: https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/nature/bear_safety.htm.
High Fire Danger
(10/7/2017) Please remember that campfires are always prohibited in Shenandoah's backcountry except in park-constructed fireplaces. Throughout the park, please exercise extreme caution with camp stoves, cigarettes, and other things that could start a fire.
Pinefield Hut - Problem Bear
(09/20/17) Hikers are advised to avoid Pinefield Hut (mile 895.8 north of Springer Mountain, GA) in the park's South District due to recent bear activities. Habituated bears have learned to associate tents and backpacks with food, so if you do stay there, be especially diligent about properly storing food and toiletries with scents, leaving no crumbs or wrappers in your tent or backpack, and do not leave your pack on the ground.
Mathews Arm Campground—Reopened
(09/13/17) Mathews Arm Campground (mile 952.7 north of Springer) reopened after rehabilitation construction project was completed on September 1, 2017.
Skyline Drive Updates
(1/1/15-present) Skyline Drive is a 2-lane scenic highway following the ridgecrest and traversing the length of the Park. It roughly parallel and frequently crosses the Appalachian Trail. It is open year round; however, the Drive may be temporarily closed on short notice for indefinite periods due to weather related conditions. For the most current Skyline Drive status, call (540) 999-3500, choose Option 1, and then Option 1. Park staff also post opening and closing information on Facebook and Twitter.
(1/1/15-present) Click here for the Park's most updated facility schedule.