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An Update to Our COVID-19 Guidance

May 11, 2021

Following the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines and updated CDC guidelines, the ATC has updated its guidance for long-distance hiking on the A.T.


Major A.T. COVID-19 Updates

 The Appalachian Trail is open for day use in all areas.
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.

ATC Harpers Ferry Visitor Center reopened on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Guests are welcome to stop by the Harpers Ferry Visitor Center, but are asked to consider that there will be modified operations and COVID-19 safety protocols. The Visitor Center will be open Thursday-Monday from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. The center will be closed Tuesday-Wednesday and on major holidays. More information is available at ATC Harpers Ferry Visitor Center page.

For specific shelter closings, see the A.T. COVID-19 Restrictions page.  Because shelters may be crowded and safe distancing may not be possible, hikers are advised to be self-reliant and use a personal shelter. See our tips for camping on the A.T. during the pandemic. Hikers are encouraged to recreate responsibly, maintain a safe social distance and follow health guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities.

Note: Camping is generally allowed around closed shelters unless posted otherwise. Be sure to check regulations regarding dispersed camping options. For more information on camping along the A.T., visit

Wellness Guides and COVID Considerations

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.

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