Seasonal Update

Important End-of-Year Closure Dates for 2022 A.T. Hikers

October 7, 2022

The end of the warm weather hiking season has arrived along parts of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Many roads that provide important Trail access close for the winter season, with specific closing dates dependent on region and weather. Below is our end-of-season round-up of important closing dates that may affect Trail access and hiker resupply plans. Other hiker services (hostels, shuttles, outfitters, etc.) may also close for the season — be sure to check the availability of local services before you go.

Along with checking for seasonal and local closures, hikers should also be prepared for cold and unpredictable weather on the A.T. Learn more about what to expect on the Trail during fall and how to prepare for winter hiking.

Lemmy and Green Giant near Baxter Peak. Photo by Katie Farrar

Photo by Katie Farrar

No matter the time of year, check our Trail Updates page and subscribe to our social media channels for important alerts about Trail conditions, bear activity, shelter and campsite closures, and more. Thru-hikers, section hikers, and groups can opt-in to receive urgent Trail alerts when they register on

For more information or for questions, contact us via email or phone.


WhatClosing OnMore Info
The A.T. up Katahdin (called the Hunt Trail in Baxter State Park) will close for the season depending on the arrival of snow in the park. Baxter strongly encourages hikers to summit by 10/15 each year.TBDBaxter State Park
Katahdin Stream Campground, Daicey Pond Campground, and Kidney Pond Campground in Baxter State Park10/22/2022Baxter State Park
All other Baxter State Park campgrounds10/15/2022Baxter State Park
The Kennebec Ferry’s regular, free service ends on 9/30/22. Hikers can arrange a private ferry in advance until 10/31/22.9/30/2022Maine Appalachian Trail Club
The ATC’s Monson Visitor Center10/10/2022Appalachian Trail Conservancy

New Hampshire

Location/ServiceDateMore Info
Appalachian Mountain Club full-service huts. Madison Hut and Lake of the Clouds are already closed. Some huts have self-service seasons in the winter and spring (the hut is open for sleeping, but meals are not served). Reservations are recommended.VariableAppalachian Mountain Club
White Mtn. National Forest Seasonal RoadsVariable, though most close on either 10/15 or 11/15White Mtn. National Forest


Location/ServiceDateMore Info
Green Mtn. National Forest Seasonal Roads12/15/22-5/1/23Green Mtn. National Forest


Location/ServiceDateMore Info
Mt. Greylock Auto Road10/30/2022Mt. Greylock State Reservation


Location/ServiceDateMore Info
Skyline Drive is open year-round but may temporarily close due to winter weather.N/AVisit Skyline Drive
Shenandoah National Park’s recorded information line: (540) 999-3500
Shenandoah National Park Waysides. Earliest closures are Skyland Stables and Loft Mountain Campstore on 10/30/22VariableShenandoah National Park
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests Seasonal RoadsVariableGeorge Washington & Jefferson National Forests
The Blue Ridge Parkway (VA & NC) is open year-round, but may temporarily close due to winter weather.N/ABlue Ridge Parkway National Park website

North Carolina & Tennessee

Location/ServiceDateMore Info
Cherokee National Forest Seasonal RoadsVariableCherokee National Forest
Pisgah National Forest Seasonal RoadsVariableNational Forests in North Carolina
Clingman’s Dome Road11/30/2022Great Smoky Mountains National Park website
Nantahala National Forest Seasonal RoadsVariableNational Forests in North Carolina


Location/ServiceDateMore Info
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Seasonal RoadsTBD – Likely in JanuaryChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest