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UPDATE: May 11, 2021

With a widely available and distributed COVID-19 vaccine in the United States and the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ATC has updated its guidance for long-distance hiking and visitor centers. Long-distance hiking on the A.T. is now considered to be a safer activity, especially for those who have received one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. The ATC 2,000-Miler Recognition Program has resumed, and A.T. 2021 hangtags will be distributed when designated A.T. visitor centers reopen. Some COVID-19 safety recommendations are still in place. For more information, visit


Current Thru-Hike Registrations by Date

The above chart was updated on January 19, 2021 — click chart to enlarge. For up-to-date registration numbers, visit

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COVID-19 Cases in A.T. Counties

View a map of reported COVID-19 cases in the counties through which the Appalachian Trail passes. This map data is provided by Johns Hopkins University, which updates once daily.

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Keeping your community safe

Important tips for ensuring you and other hikers minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 on the Appalachian Trail or in trailside communities.

The Appalachian Trail Community™ program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Towns, counties, and communities along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by all that use the A.T., and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation while preserving and protecting the A.T.

For Businesses: Become an A.T. Community Supporter
If your business or organization is located in an A.T. Community and you give back to the hiking community, your local A.T. Club, the ATC or your A.T. Community™, you can become an A.T. Community Supporter and receive a decal for your storefront, links on our website, and recognition for your efforts on social media and at various events. Apply today!