Responding to COVID-19

A.T. Closures

Many federal, state and local parks and forests through which the A.T. passes have shelter, privy, or overnight site or area-wide camping 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 required or recommended travel restrictions in A.T. states 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 many privies are currently not being maintained. To avoid overflowing privies and placing extra burdens on volunteers when they return to the field, we recommend avoiding the use privies unless otherwise stipulated by the local Trail maintaining club or land management agency. In all cases, bring a trowel to dig a cathole following Leave No Trace principles. Most A.T. privies are maintained by volunteers on an infrequent schedule. However, the privies at overnight campsites overseen by on-site Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) caretakers (primarily in New Hampshire) are cleaned on a daily basis, leading to a lower risk of spreading COVID-19. Additionally, many of these AMC overnight sites are located in areas where digging a cathole can be ineffective.

Please be aware that many shelters and privies are officially closed, even if signage is not posted at the site location. Camping is generally allowed around closed shelters unless posted otherwise.

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.

For more comprehensive Trail updates beyond COVID-19-related closures, see our Trail Updates page.

Current Closures (Updated 9.28.2020)

Trail-Wide

Quarantine notice for travelers:

Effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Click here for details and a list of affected states.

Additional quarantine measures and recommendations exist in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachussets, and Pennsylvania. Please visit each state’s page for more details.

 

This list will be continually updated as the situation develops across the country.

 

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

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.

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.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

 

Chattahoochee National Forest Closures

 

A.T. backcountry shelters and privies are closed until further notice. Some campground and restroom facilities remain closed. For a full list of closures, please click 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.

 

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

 

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.

 

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Pisgah and Nantahala Nationals Forest Closures

Restrooms and vault toilets are closed and there are no trash services at most sites. Shelters will remain closed at this time. For more information, such as closures on campgrounds and other established facilities, please click 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 In Phased Reopening

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been re-opening facilities in phases during the COVID-19 pandemic. All backcountry trails and overnight sites have re-opened.

 

Backcountry permits, which are required of all overnight hikers, are available up to 14 days in advance. Hikers must have printed copies of the permit with them; long-distance hikers should be aware that Fontana Village is closed and there is currently no computer use available at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

 

For current backcountry information, including bear warnings/closures and trail advisories, please visit: nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm. To obtain a permit or for trip planning assistance contact the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297 (8 am to 5 pm Eastern Time, daily) or visit https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/

 

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 and Visitor Center remain closed. Please click here for more information.

 

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest 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.

 

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Cherokee National Forest Closures

A.T. backcountry shelters and privies are closed until further notice. Please see the alerts and notices here.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park In Phased Reopening

 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been re-opening facilities in phases during the COVID-19 pandemic. All backcountry trails and overnight sites have re-opened.

 

Backcountry permits, which are required of all overnight hikers, are available up to 14 days in advance. Hikers must have printed copies of the permit with them; long-distance hikers should be aware that Fontana Village is closed and there is currently no computer use available at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

 

For current backcountry information, including bear warnings/closures and trail advisories, please visit: nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm. To obtain a permit or for trip planning assistance contact the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297 (8 am to 5 pm Eastern Time, daily) or visit smokiespermits.nps.gov.

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest 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.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

George Washington-Jefferson National Forest Shelters and Privies CLOSED

Shelters and privies remain closed due to COVID-19. To recreate responsibly outdoors, avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others where possible. Find more details here.

 

This affects most shelters from the Tennessee/North Carolina border north to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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

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.

Virginia State Parks Closures

Virginia State Parks visitor centers, indoor facilities, overnight facilities, and group facilities are closed on a case-by-case basis. Click here for more information.

 

Grayson Highlands State Park – Overnight Parking Open

Grayson Highlands State Park overnight backpackers’ lot is open as of June 15th. Backpackers using the site must make reservations ahead of time. Please visit the Grayson Highland’s website here for contact information on how to make a reservation.

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest 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.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Goodloe E. Byron Memorial Pedestrian Walkway – Open

 

The Goodloe E. Byron Memorial Pedestrian Walkway (footbridge) across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry is open. CSX completed work on the bridge in early July. Park users are now able to cross between Harpers Ferry and the C&O Canal towpath and Maryland Heights Trail.

 

 

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.

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. 

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

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.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Shelter Closure Order Rescinded on Maryland DNR Lands

(7/3/2020) All shelters on Maryland DNR lands (that’s all shelters on the A.T. in Maryland except the Ed Garvey Shelter) have re-opened.

 

Hikers are advised by Maryland DNR  to sanitize themselves after use, or avoid the privies and follow Leave No Trace principles for this activity (dig a cathole 200 feet from water, campsites and the trail).

 

(5/11/2020) Shelters along the A.T. on Maryland Park Service land remain closed. Camping is allowed on state-owned camping sites along the Appalachian Trail.

 

Camping is 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

A full list of facility openings and closures 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.

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

Pennsylvania

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Pennsylvania

 

Travel Recommendations

People who are planning on traveling to Pennsylvania or visiting Pennsylvania from one of the states listed here are recommended to quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors are asked to stay in their quarantine location for the full 14 days prior to interacting with anyone outside their travel group or household. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Travel Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions.

 

 

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.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area – Closed Areas

Many public facilities within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, including sooms restrooms, are temporarily closed. 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. 

 

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.

 

 

Hamburg Borough Watershed – Open for Day Use

The Hamburg Reservoir parking lot & public access to the Appalachian Trail are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. No overnight parking will be permitted until further notice.

 

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.

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

New Jersey

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of New Jersey

Quarantine notice for travelers:

 

Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.

The 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain “impacted states” identified as those that 1) have an average daily number of new cases higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or 2) have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day period. The advisory applies to travel from states that meet either of these levels.

Click here for details and a list of states that require quarantine in Connecticut, New York, or 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.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area – Closed Areas

Many public facilities within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, including some restrooms, are temporarily closed. 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. 

 

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

 

New York

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of New York

Quarantine notice for travelers:

All travelers coming from states with significant rates of transmission of COVID-19 are required to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of their last contact. A travel enforcement operation will commence at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state’s quarantine restrictions.

Also, all out-of-state travelers from designated states must complete a Traveler Health Form  upon entering New York.

Click here for more details and a list of states whose travelers must quarantine when arriving in 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.

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. 

 

 

Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain State Park Closures

Some shelters, roads, and facilities in Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain are closed. For details, please visit the Bear Mountain State Park site and Harriman State Park site respectively.

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

 

Connecticut

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Connecticut

Travel Restrictions

(Updated 9/30/2020)
Anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state with a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, or from a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country.Anyone entering from one of the identified states must fill out a travel health form upon arrival.

A testing option is also available in some situations.

Click here for details and a list of states whose travelers must quarantine when arriving in 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.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

 

Connecticut State Parks and Forests Closures

All A.T. Shelters are currently closed until further notice (per this National Park Service closure order). All Privies are closed. Campsites on National Park Service lands are open.

 

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 Side Trail, Scenic Area and Associated Parking – CLOSED

 

The blue blazed side trail off Bulls Bridge Road in Kent, CT, and all NPS land between the A.T. and the Housatonic River from Bulls Bridge Road to the Ten Mile River is closed until further notice due to resource damage. Parking on Bulls Bridge Road, Schaghticoke Road, and Route 7 in Kent is prohibited. The A.T. (white blazes) will remain open.

For more more details, see the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Facebook page post about the closure.

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

Massachusetts

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Massachusetts

 

Travel Restrictions

(9/29/2020)

All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

For more information, visit www.mass.gov/info-details/travel-information-related-to-covid-19.

 

 

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.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Appalachian Trail Shelters, Campsites and Privies on Massachusetts Forest and Park lands are temporarily closed. No Overnight Camping Permitted on the A.T. in Massachusetts

 

Hikers should postpone or cancel any overnight hiking plans for all 90 miles of A.T. in Massachusetts until further notice. Click here for the latest status of COVID-19 related closures for the state of Massachusetts as it affects the A.T.

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. 

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

Vermont

 

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of Vermont

 

Quarantine Requirements

(Updated 9/29/2020) If you are visiting Vermont you must quarantine for 14 days once you arrive. You have the option to get a PCR test on or after day 7 of quarantine and end your quarantine with a negative test result.

Some travelers have the option to quarantine in their home state before coming to Vermont.

Exceptions to the quarantine requirement include travelers from select counties with low rates of active cases.

For more information, click here.

 

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.

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

 

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

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

Overnight camping on the Green Mountain National Forest re-opened as of 6/26/2020 in designated areas, campgrounds, and shelters, as described sanitized at this time. Click here for more information.

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

New Hampshire

COVID-19 Guidelines For The State Of New Hampshire

Travel and Quarantine Guidance

Visitors traveling to/from areas outside of New England (Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island) need to self-quarantine for the first 14 days of any intended stay in New Hampshire after travel (starting from the last day of their travel outside New England). This recommendation is irrespective of the mode of transportation for travel (public vs. private transportation). It is also acceptable for travelers to New Hampshire to self-quarantine in their home state prior to arrival as long as they do not travel on public transportation.

Click here for more information.

 

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.

 

 

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

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

 

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.

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.

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.

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

 

Travel Restrictions

(Updated 9/30/2020) The Keep Maine Healthy Plan has a requirement for a 14-day quarantine or COVID-19 testing for visitors except those from states that are exempt. People who are not from Maine or exempted states must complete a certificate of compliance form indicating they have received a negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 14 days, or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine. A compliance form is required in places of lodging, when entering Baxter State Park, and potentially other areas.

For more information, visit Keep Maine Healthy.

Agency Closures For A.T. Lands

Baxter State Park

 

7/1/20 Baxter State Park is now open for hiking and camping. The A.T. on Katahdin is now open, as are all publicly accessible roads. All public facilities are open with the exception of bunkhouses and our headquarters building in Millinocket. Baxter State Park offices and headquarters are closed to the public until further notice. Reservations can still be made online and by calling (207) 723-5140.

 

The park asks all to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while keeping your fellow visitors, our staff, and our local communities safe. Visitors are asked to please be sure to: carry a mask or cloth face covering, and wear it when physical distancing is not possible; carry hand sanitizer with you and use before and after touching high-touch surfaces; practice physical distancing.

See the park’s COVID-19 information here.

 

Vehicle fees for non-Maine residents will be required in the park. For more information and to make online camping or parking reservations, click here.

 

Those contemplating a thru-hike starting in Maine are encouraged to visit our Southbound Thru-Hike page.

 

All A.T. Shelters on National Park Land 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 – Overnight Shelters on State Lands.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on July 3 camping at these sites is for residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey without need of a 14-day quarantine or testing. All other vistors must continue to follow the 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing. For more information, please click here.

Business Closures

The status of businesses and the services they offer during the COVID-19 pandemic is quite fluid. A list of known changes can be found at 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers’ Companion  Updates page; businesses may also submit changes there. We also advise all hikers to directly contact businesses for their schedules and services to confirm the latest information.