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.
Major A.T. COVID-19 Closures
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.
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.
Hamburg Borough Watershed – 10 miles of the A.T. closed to overnight use and parking.
All overnight camping is prohibited.
SHELTER AND PRIVY ADVISORY
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.