February 19, 2021
Trailway News: How Many Weeks Until Spring?
With a massive winter storm, an emergency closure of a section of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia (more on that below), and the ongoing pandemic, 2021 has made at least one thing very clear: it’s important to be prepared for anything. As you plan your upcoming hikes on the A.T., be sure to check our Trail Updates page and our COVID-19 info page for the latest updates on Trail conditions, closures, health and safety guidance, and other essential information for a prepared and enjoyable hike.
Lead image courtesy of Lukas Chin
Emergency Trail Closure on Peters Mountain, Virginia
The A.T. from VA641/Clendennin Road (northbound mile 641.4) to Pine Swamp Branch Shelter (northbound mile 656.7) will be closed until further notice for an emergency power line repair. Due to safety concerns, hikers should not hike this section until repairs have been completed. We will provide more information at appalachiantrail.org/updates when available.
Camping During the COVID-19 Pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a personal shelter is more than a place to sleep after a long day of hiking. Whether it’s a tent, tarp, hammock, or bivouac (bivvy), packing your own personal shelter is one of the most important steps for preventing the spread of the virus on the A.T.
The A.T. and Race
For five years, George Mason University history professor Mills Kelly combed through thousands of historical documents to study the role race has played in the history of the A.T. In describing what he found — and didn’t find — Mills explains how reckoning with the past opens the door to an equitable future.