Responding to COVID-19

A.T. Closures

Many federal, state and local parks and forests through which the A.T. passes have trail or shelter closures in response to the spread of COVID-19. The situation remains fluid and individuals should be aware of what closures are in effect before starting their hike. The ATC asks hikers to respect trail-related closures and observe quarantines required or recommended for travelers to halt the spread of this highly contagious virus.

To view ATC’s guidance on how and when to visit the Trail and on hiking safely, visit our COVID-19 page.

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 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.

Please be aware that many shelters and privies are officially closed, even if signage is not posted at the site location.

While we will update this page frequently, the status of parks and forests is changing quickly. We encourage everyone to contact land-managing agencies directly to verify the status.

Current Closures (Updated 5.29.2020)

Trail-Wide

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures

 

All A.T. Shelters and Privies Closed on National Park Service Land

Effective immediately, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (11 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4 privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). Click here for more information.

 

Four national forests reopen trailheads and access points to Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The USDA Forest Service will open a series of trailheads and access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on May 22. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina, Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, and George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia will participate in the coordinated reopening.

 

While work continues opening trails and roads, services may remain limited and there may be a delay in rescue operations. To recreate responsibly outdoors, avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers.

 

The Triple Crown in Virginia, which includes Dragon’s Tooth trailhead, will remain closed.

 

Restroom facilities are not available. Shelters will remain closed at this time.

 

Find out more details here

 

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Centers Closed

To ensure all visitors, staff members and volunteers are kept as safe and healthy as possible, all ATC Visitor Centers will be closed until further notice.

Georgia

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Georgia

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this
state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. Check the most recent press release here

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

 

Chattahoochee National Forest—Closed A.T. Trailheads to Re-Open 5/22

 

The Chattahoochee National Forest, which had temporarily shut down trailheads connecting to the A.T. in March to protect public health and safety, will be re-opening 5/22. Restroom facilities are not available. Shelters will remain closed at this time. Find more details here.

 

While work continues opening trails and roads, services may remain limited and there may be a delay in rescue operations. To recreate responsibly outdoors, avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers.

North Carolina

 

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of North Carolina

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

 

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Pisgah and Nantahala Nationals Forest—Closed A.T. Trailheads Re-Opened 5/22

Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, which had temporarily shut down trailheads connecting to the A.T. in March to protect public health and safety, has re-opened as of May 22nd. Restrooms and vault toilets are closed and there are no trash services at most sites. Shelters will remain closed at this time. Find more details here.

 

While work continues opening trails and roads, services may remain limited and there may be a delay in rescue operations. To recreate responsibly outdoors, avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Begins Phased Reopening

(5/9/2020) The Park is now in phase 2 of reopening. Some roads and trails are open, but others remain closed. Please see the press release here for details on closures.

Smoky Mountains Fontana Dam Access Open. “Fontana Hilton” Shelter and other facilities remains closed

The TVA is now providing access to the  Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s Fontana Dam Trailhead. Visitors can park at the visitor center.  The Fontana Hilton shelter, restrooms, visitor center building, and pavilion remain closed. Please click  here for more information.

Tennessee

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Tennessee

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

 

Cherokee National Forest—Closed A.T. Trailheads Re-Opened 5/22

The Cherokee National Forest, which had temporarily shut down trailheads connecting to the A.T. in March to protect public health and safety, has re-opened as of May 22nd. Restrooms and vault toilets are closed and there are no trash services at most sites. Shelters will remain closed at this time. Find more details here.

 

While work continues opening trails and roads, services may remain limited and there may be a delay in rescue operations. To recreate responsibly outdoors, avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Begins Phased Reopening

(5/9/2020) The Park has transitioned into phase 2 of reopening. Some roads and trails are open, but others remain closed. Please see the press release here for details on closures.

Tennessee State Parks 

Group facilities remain closed for groups larger than 10 persons. Click here for more information.

Virginia

 

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Virginia

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in Virginia is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Shenandoah National Park – Re-Opened for Day Use, Overnight Use Prohibited

Shenandoah National Park will begin its phased reopening at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 23. During this phase all boundary trailheads remain closed; you must hike from Skyline Drive. Skyline Drive and other trails will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Overnight use is prohibited.

Entry fees apply and restrooms are limited. visitor centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants are closed. For important information about what’s open and what’s closed and what you need to know, visit www.nps.gov/shen/phase-one.htm

 

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests—Shelters Remain Closed

Trailheads have re-opened; shelters remain closed.

 

While work continues opening trails and roads, services may remain limited and there may be a delay in rescue operations. To recreate responsibly outdoors, avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers. Click here for more information.

 

Dragon’s Tooth Trail and Parking Remain Closed

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.

Triple Crown Section of the A.T. Closed

In accordance with Virginia Governor’s Executive Order 55, and due to recent heavy visitation in violation of CDC guidelines, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is closing all access and use to 27 miles of APPA-owned land in Central Virginia known as the “Triple Crown.” The “Triple Crown” closure includes all National Park Service owned land between VA Route 624 (Newport Road) and VA Route 652 (Mountain Pass Road). This area includes McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs. Access to Dragon’s Tooth, which is on U.S. Forest Service-owned land, has already been closed. View this announcement on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Facebook Page HERE.

Shelter and privy closure affecting 56 shelters from Virginia through Maine

The National Park Service has close all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (11 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4 privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). Follow this link for further details.

Paul C. Wolfe Shelter Closed

The Paul C. Wolfe Shelter, on Blue Ridge Parkway lands, is closed. Backcountry campers are encouraged to maintain social distance. Click here for more information.

 

A. T.  Shelter in the Town Of Glasgow is Closed Immediately

Closed until further notice.

Spy Rock Trail Head – CLOSED

In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will temporarily shut down the Spy Rock trail head effective April 9, 2020. For more information, visit the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests website.

Grayson Highlands State Park – A.T. Limitations

Grayson Highlands is limiting the number of vehicles allowed in the park to a maximum of 90. Once capacity is reached, no additional vehicles will be allowed to enter the park. To facilitate public safety, Grayson Highlands State Park overnight backpackers’ lot is closed until further notice and reservations are not available at this time. Find details HERE.

 

Virginia State Parks Closures

Until further notice, all Virginia State Parks all visitor centers and other indoor facilities are closed to the public. Overnight facilities and restrooms are closed through June 10. The closure includes all cabins, campgrounds, camping cabins and yurts, as well as restrooms and bathhouses. Groups or gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Click here for more information.

West Virginia

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of West Virginia

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in West Virginia is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Goodloe E. Byron Memorial Pedestrian Walkway

 

The National Park Service has issued a permit to CSX to repair the Goodloe E. Byron Pedestrian Walkway (footbridge) across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. CSX anticipates the project will be completed by the end of July assuming no weather or pandemic related delays.

 

CSX and the NPS are coordinating to fund and operate a shuttle service to provide free transportation for Appalachian Trail hikers and other visitors around the footbridge closure. The start date for this shuttle service is still to be determined. Visit go.nps.gov/HAFEfootbridge for more information

 

Until this shuttle system is in place, A.T. visitors should still secure their own transportation across the Potomac River using the links found on appalachiantrail.org/transportation.

 

Background: In the early morning of Dec. 21, 2019, multiple cars of a train owned by CSX derailed from a railroad bridge crossing the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry. The derailment damaged a portion of the pedestrian footbridge, which is attached to the railroad bridge, preventing access across the Potomac River. Since the derailment the NPS has been working with CSX to determine next steps.

 

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry Closed

To ensure all visitors, staff members and volunteers are kept as safe and healthy as possible, all ATC Visitor Centers will be closed until further notice.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Closures

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, in response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Public Health Service, is modifying park operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Visitors can access outdoor areas and hiking trails.

To learn the latest status of closures affecting parking, park programs, facilities, and services,  visit this link. 

Maryland

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Maryland:

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this
state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing,
requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available
outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in Maryland is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Shelters on A.T. in Maryland Remain Closed

(5/11/2020) The Maryland Park Service has re-confirmed its closure of all shelters along the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, but camping is now allowed at state-owned camping sites along the Appalachian Trail. Camping is also prohibited outside of these areas along the A.T. in Maryland (dispersed camping in Maryland is not allowed. Campers must camp at designated sites). Click here for more information.

 

Maryland State Parks

(5/7/2020) Maryland State Park closure policies are in the process of shifting due to Maryland’s change in the Stay At Home order. A full list of facility changes can be found here.

 

Shelter and privy closure affecting 56 shelters from Virginia through Maine

(3/28/20) Effective immediately, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (11 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4 privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). Follow this link for further details. 

Pennsylvania

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Pennsylvania

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Kirkridge Shelter, PA

(5/14/2020) The water system for the Kirkridge Shelter (Shelter on PA DCNR, water tap on Kirkridge Retreat Center property) will remain shut off until at least June 30th. There is no other water source available at the site.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area – Closed Areas

Public facilities within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, including restrooms are temporarily closed. All backcountry campsites on the A.T. are closed until further notice. Find more details here.

All backcountry campsites on A.T. in Delaware Water Gap NRA are closed until further notice

(4/10/20) Effective April 10, all backcountry campsites on the Appalachian Trail and on the Delaware River within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (in Pennsylvania and New Jersey) are closed until further notice. Click here for more information.

Shelter and privy closure affecting 56 shelters from Virginia through Maine

(3/28/20) Effective immediately, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (11 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4 privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). Follow this link for further details. 

 

A.T. Shelters on Pennsylvania DCNR Lands Closed Until Further Notice

The following overnight A.T. shelters on Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry lands are closed until further notice: Deer Lick Shelter, Tumbling Run Shelter, Rocky Mountain Shelter, Quarry Gap Shelter, Birch Run Shelter, Toms Run Shelter, James Fry at Tagg Run, Eagles Nest Shelter,  Leroy Smith Shelter, Kirkridge Shelter*. Click here for more information.

 

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center in Boiling Springs Closed

To ensure all visitors, staff members and volunteers are kept as safe and healthy as possible, all ATC Visitor Centers will be closed until further notice.

 

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.

 

DCNR, State Parks, and Forests Facility Closures

State Park and Forest Facilitie are closed on a case-by-case basic. Public programs, events, and trainings are canceled. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources website for details on closures and available facilities.

New Jersey

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of New Jersey

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in New Jersey is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

New Jersey Parks and Forests Closure Updates

While the AppalachianTrai lremains open
for hiking, overnight camping is
prohibited due to COVID-19 concerns. Privies are closed as well. Additional closures include the Backpacker Campsite in Worthington State Forest, the Dunnfield Creek and NJDOT parking lots on the north side of I 80, and the A.T. between Rt. 517 and Barrett Road. Additionally, the
Pochuck Boardwalk and NJ 94 / Wawayanda Mountain area (“ Stairway to Heaven”) will remain closed.

Picnic areas, pavilions, restrooms, and other buildings and facilities, such as visitor centers, interpretive centers, and interior historical sites, shall remain closed at this time. Click here for more information.

 

Worthington State Forest – AT Advisory

The Dunnfield Creek and NJ DOT parking areas on the north side of Route 80 are CLOSED. Parking lots off Old Mine Road in Worthington State Forest remain OPEN. The Appalachian Trail and other trails can still be accessed at other parking lots in Worthington State Forest and the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area. Please visit their websites for the most current information.

 

Wawayanda State Park – AT Advisory

The A.T. between Route 517 in Glenwood and Barrett Road is CLOSED. This section contains both the Pochuck Boardwalk and Bridge near Rt. 517 and the “Stairway to Heaven” climb near Route 94. The 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 Rt. 517 adjacent to the boardwalk, on Canal Road, and at Route 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.

 

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area – Closed Areas

Public facilities within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, including restrooms are temporarily closed. All backcountry campsites on the A.T. are closed until further notice. Find more details here.

 

Shelter and privy closure affecting 56 shelters from Virginia through Maine

(3/28/20) Effective immediately, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (11 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4 privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). Follow this link for further details. 

New York

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of New York

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in New York is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

 

 

Shelter and privy closure affecting 56 shelters from Virginia through Maine

(3/28/20) Effective immediately, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (11 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4 privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). Follow this link for further details. 

 

New York State Parks Closed to Overnight Use

All campgrounds, cabins, and cottages are closed to overnight use through May 31. Find more details on the New York State Parks website HERE

 

Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain State Park Closures

Some roads and facilities in Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain are closed. All trail shelters are closed at this time. For details, please visit the Bear Mountain Stae Park site and Harriman State Park site respectively.

Connecticut

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Connecticut

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in Connecticut is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

 

Connecticut State Parks and Forests Closures

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has announced that the closure of DEEP campsites will be extended through June 11, with further extensions possible depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. DEEP is monitoring public health guidance and determining any operational changes that will be necessary to safely reopen camping. Click here for more information.

Shelter and privy closure affecting 56 shelters from Virginia through Maine

(3/28/20) Effective immediately, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (11 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4 privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). Follow this link for further details. 

Bulls Bridge Recreation Area and A.T. Gate on River Road – CLOSED

Effective 4/5/2020 Bulls Bridge Recreation Area is closed until further notice. Additionally, the A.T. gate on River Road is now closed for the season. It will re-open after Labor Day weekend.  For more information, see the Town of Kent, CT COVID-19 page.

Massachusetts

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Massachusetts

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Appalachian Trail Shelters, Campsites and Privies on Massachusetts Forest and Park lands are temporarily closed.

Closure in effect through June 7. Camping is also prohibited outside of these areas along the A.T. in Massachusetts. Hikers should postpone or cancel any overnight hiking plans for all 90 miles of A.T. in Massachusetts. Click here for more information.

Shelter and privy closure affecting 56 shelters from Virginia through Maine

(3/28/20) Effective immediately, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (11 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4 privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). Follow this link for further details. 

 

Massachusetts State Parks Closures

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Parks are open, however, agency managed visitor centers and campgrounds throughout the state parks system have temporarily closed until June 7. Agency managed playgrounds, fitness areas, and bathroom facilities throughout the state parks system have temporarily closed until June 7. The agency is not providing trash receptacles throughout the state parks system. Visitors are asked to practice the agency’s “carry in, carry out” policy. Click here for more information.

Vermont

 

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Vermont

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in Vermont is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here. Out-of-state visitors are still being asked not to come to Vermont for recreational activities, or if they do, to self-quarantine for at least 14 days after arriving in Vermont before engaging in any activities.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Vermont State Parks Updates

(5/11/2020) Restroom facilities are closed at this time. Click here for updates on Vermont State Parks.

Green Mountain National Forest: Designated overnight sites on the A.T. are closed.

(5/6/2020) Overnight camping on the Green Mountain National Forest is prohibited in designated areas, campgrounds, and shelters, as described in the Order.

New Hampshire

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of New Hampshire

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions. For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here.

 

Please note: New Hampshire asks that all out-of-state visitors self quarantine for 14 days when visiting the state. More information on the guideline for self-quarantine can be found here.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

 

All Overnight Sites are closed on the A.T. in New Hampshire

 

All shelters and campsites are closed in the White Mountain National Forest. Click here for more information.

 

All AMC White Mountain Huts and Hiker Shuttle Closed for 2020

 

All Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) High Mountain Huts and AMC’s White Mountain Hiker Shuttle will be closed for the remainder of 2020. For more details and information about existing reservations, click here.

Maine

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Maine

Please check for stay-at-home, safer-at-home, or other restrictions or recommendations in this state, which may change frequently. These may affect travel, group size, physical distancing, requirements for wearing personal protective equipment, and what services are available outside the Trail corridor. Be aware that a different set of guidelines may apply on federal Appalachian Trail lands. Closure/opening dates will likely be different. The Appalachian Trail in Maine is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions.

 

Please note: Out of state visitors entering Maine must complete a 14-day quarantine (through August unless rescinded). For more information on this state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, click here.

 

Also, be aware that individual counties may have additional or different restrictions or dates.

 

Business Closures

Due to the rapidly changing status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will no longer update our business closures list. Going forward, we advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Baxter State Park Closures

(4/15/2020) In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Park is following recommendations from the US CDC, Maine CDC, the Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency, and the Park Medical Director, as well as complying with emergency medical protocols issued by the Maine Department of Public Safety.

 

Based on these recommendations and in the interest of staff and public safety, pursuant to BSP Rule 6.3, Baxter State Park will be closed to camping, vehicular access, and travel above treeline until further notice. All Katahdin trailheads are closed at trailheads. The Park’s target opening date is July 1.The Park will remain open for walk-in day use below treeline. Baxter State Park offices and headquarters remain closed and unable to fulfill orders at this time. For details. please visit baxterstatepark.org.

 

All A.T. Shelters in Maine are Closed

Shelter and privy closure affecting 56 shelters from Virginia through Maine:

The National Park Service has closed all overnight shelters on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the Maine (22 shelters, 29 privies). Follow this link for further details. 

 

The state of Maine has closed all overnight shelters on state lands.

In keeping with National Park Service policy, camping is not currently allowed at lean-to shelters and other sites along the Appalachian Trail. Click her for more information.

 

Baxter State Park has closed A.T. shelters on lands in side the Park.

Baxter State Park will be closed to camping (with other closures, see above) until further notice, with a target date of July 1. Click here for more information

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center in Monson Closed

To ensure all visitors, staff members and volunteers are kept as safe and healthy as possible, all ATC Visitor Centers will be closed until further notice.