Stay Safe and Healthy
Responding to COVID-19
Learn how ATC is working to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on the Appalachian Trail. View the latest updates and download guides on how to best prevent contracting this dangerous virus.
Major A.T. Closures
The most significant closures affecting the A.T. are listed below; visit the following page for a complete state-by-state list of land management agency and event closures.
Quarantines are currently in place for some or most visitors to New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. See state by state list for details.
MOST SHELTERS CLOSED TRAILWIDE
See notice at the end of this listing for details.
GEORGIA, NORTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, AND VIRGINIA
All shelters on U.S. Forest Service lands (most areas between the southern terminus in Georgia and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia) remain closed. Click here for more information
Hamburg Borough Watershed – 10 miles of the A.T. Closed to Overnight Use and Parking
The Hamburg Reservoir parking lot and public access to A.T. are open to public daily from dawn to dusk. No overnight parking will be permitted until further notice. Click here for more information.
All overnight camping is prohibited.
Due to camping and shelter closures on all federal and state lands in Massachusetts, no overnight camping is available. Click here for more information.
MOST A.T. SHELTERS CLOSED TRAILWIDE
Due to the difficulty of social distancing and the possibility of COVID-19 being transmitted on surfaces, hikers are advised to avoid shelters and picnic tables, and bring their own personal shelter and food storage device.
Also note that most privies are currently not being maintained. To avoid overflowing privies and placing extra burdens on volunteers when they return to the field, please bring a trowel to dig a cathole. Most A.T. privies are maintained by volunteers on an infrequent schedule.
However, the privies at overnight campsites overseen by on-site Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) caretakers (primarily in New Hampshire) are cleaned on a daily basis, leading to a lower risk of spreading COVID-19. Additionally, many of these AMC overnight sites are located in areas where digging a cathole can be ineffective.
Please be aware that many shelters and privies are officially closed, even if signage is not posted at the site location.