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.


The ATC continues to advise long-distance hikers to postpone hikes until 2022 or when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has deemed the pandemic under control, and/or a COVID-19 vaccine or effective treatment is widely available and distributed.

A Year Like No Other: Prepping for 2021 A.T. Hikes

With COVID-19 continuing to grip the country, planning and preparing for the challenges of an A.T. thru-hike in 2021 are essential.



Major A.T. COVID-19 Closures
and Restrictions

 The Appalachian Trail is open for day use in all areas
(except for a 15-mile trail closure in Central Virginia unrelated to COVID-19).
The most significant  COVID-19 related overnight-site closures or restrictions affecting the A.T. are listed below;
visit our A.T. COVID-19 Restrictions page for a more complete state-by-state list.


Quarantines, testing requirements, or other travel restrictions or recommendations are currently in place for some or most visitors traveling to the states of Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. See our A.T. COVID-19 Restrictions page for details.

All shelters on U.S. Forest Service lands (most areas between the southern terminus in Georgia and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia) remain closed.

Hamburg Borough Watershed – 10 miles of the A.T. closed to overnight use and parking.

All overnight camping is prohibited.

Due to the difficulty of social distancing and the possibility of COVID-19 being transmitted on surfaces, hikers are advised to avoid shelters and bring their own personal shelter and food storage device. Privies should also be avoided unless local land-managing agencies or trail-maintaining clubs advise using them. Hikers should bring a trowel to dig a cathole when needed.

Note: Camping is generally allowed around closed shelters unless posted otherwise.

For more information, visit our A.T. COVID-19 Restrictions page.



Wellness Guides and A.T. Restrictions

View and download information on how to reduce your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, both on the Appalachian Trail and beyond.


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.

View Map