Matt's Creek temporarily swollen—Make good decisions
(05/25/17) Matt's Creek in Central Virginia (mile 782.7 north of Springer Mountain, GA, 2 miles south of the James River) has been reported impassible by a hiker due to recent heavy rains as of this morning. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Virginia regional office notes that water levels usually recede quickly and the creek should be passable before the end of the day. Hikers are advised to wait until the crossing is safe.
There are no convenient bypasses. Alternatively, hikers might search for a safer crossing above or below the shelter where the creek is wider and shallower. Tips for stream crossings can be found here.
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.
Fire Damage Alert
(4/13/2017) Below is an overview of confirmed areas where wildfires directly impacted the Trail in 2016 (burned over or up to Trail). While there are no closed sections of the Trail and burned sections have been checked for hazards, it is very important to continue to be very careful about trees or tree limbs which could fall, burned wooden Trail structures like steps, bridges and log retaining walls, and even the footpath, itself.
|| A.T. miles
|| US 60 (806.7) - Hog Camp Gap (813.0)
Humpback Rocks—Overnight camping restrictions lifted
(9/06/16) The north end of the Blue Ridge Parkway experienced a number incidents of problem bear activity both at Parkway picnic areas and along the nearby Appalachian Trail. Due to the dangerous nature of these incidents, there was an overnight camping restriction in place between Humpback Gap (853.5 miles north of Springer Mt.) and Dripping Rock (847 miles north of Springer Mt.) in order to minimize food-related bear encounters in that area. This overnight camping restriction has been lifted.
Hikers are still advised to exercise caution when travelling in black bear country by not giving food to wildlife, storing food properly at night and being familiar with the proper techniques to use if they should encounter a bear in the backcountry.
The Humpback Rocks Picnic Area is now open to all use, including Appalachian Trail access.
Please report any unusual bear activity in the area to Ridge District Ranger Kurt Speers ([email protected]).
Thunder Hill Shelter reopened
(7/13/16) The Thunder Hill Shelter (located at mile 769.7 miles north of Springer Mtn) is now open. It was closed on May 25th due to repeated problem bear activity.
Lambert's Meadow Shelter and Campground reopened--feature food storage vaults
(7/11/16) The Lambert's Meadow shelter and campground (located 718.1 miles north of Springer Mtn.) are now open for use. They were closed on 5-11-16 due to problem bear activity, including a bear coming into the shelter and taking hikers' food bags. There are now bear resistant food storage vaults for hikers' overnight food storage--please use them :)
Shenandoah National Park
Temporary tent camping closure at Gravel Springs Hut
(05/24/17) As a result of unusual bear activity the park is closing the tent camping pads around the Gravel Springs Hut (mile 956.3 north of Springer). The shelter, however, will remain open to overnight use. The area will be monitored over the next few days and if there are no further incidents, the Shenandoah National Park will lift the temporary closure.
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.