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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.


Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for A.T. Day and Overnight Hikers

Recommendations for keeping you and those around you safe and healthy if you are planning to hike on the Appalachian Trail during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

GEORGIA, NORTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, AND VIRGINIA
All shelters remain closed. Click here for more information

VIRGINIA
Twenty-seven miles of the A.T.’s “Triple Crown” in Central Virginia including McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs are closed.
  Click here for more information.

The trailhead parking lot for Dragon’s Tooth on the George Washington National Forest, as well as the Dragon’s Tooth Trail remains closed. Click here for more information.

Shenandoah National Park has re-opened the backcountry for day-hiking only; overnight use is prohibited. Click here for more information.

PENNSYLVANIA
Hamburg Borough Watershed – 10 miles of the AT Closed
The Hamburg Access at the watershed is closed. No parking on Reservoir Road or walk up. The area is closed to all activities. Find more details here.

NEW JERSEY
All overnight camping is prohibited.
Due to camping and shelter closures on all federal and state lands in New Jersey, no overnight camping is available.

A.T. from NJ 517 to Barrett Road  is Closed (5.4 miles including Pochuck Boardwalk and “Stairway to Heaven”) is Closed
The Pochuck boardwalk and bridge and “Stairway to Heaven” are too narrow for visitors to maintain the required six feet of social distancing and have seen severe overcrowding. Parking on NJ 517 adjacent to the boardwalk, on Canal Road, and at NJ 94 are all closed. The remaining miles of the Appalachian Trail in Wawayanda State Park remain open. Please visit their website for the most current information.

VERMONT
Designated overnight sites on the A.T. on lands managed by the Green Mountain NF are closed.
Click here for more information.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
The White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire has closed all shelter and campsites along the A.T.
All AMC White Mountain Huts and Hiker Shuttle are closed for 2020. Click here for more information.

MAINE
Baxter State Park in Maine has closed to camping, vehicular access, and travel above treeline until further notice. Katahdin trails (including the A.T./Hunt Trail). are also closed.
Click here for more information.

MOST A.T. SHELTERS CLOSED TRAILWIDE
Most A.T. shelters (more than 230) from Georgia to Maine are closed. Due to the difficulty of social distancing and the possibility of COVID-19 being transmitted on surfaces, hikers are advised to avoid all shelters and picnic tables, and bring their own personal shelter and food storage device.

Also note that 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.

Wellness Guidelines & Trail Closures

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

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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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