Seasonal Update

Important End-of-Year Closure Dates for 2023 A.T. Hikers

September 12, 2023

The end of the warm weather hiking season will be here soon along many 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

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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.10/21/2023Baxter State Park
Katahdin Stream Campground, Daicey Pond Campground, and Kidney Pond Campground in Baxter State Park10/22/2023; earlier closure is possible depending on weatherBaxter State Park
All other Baxter State Park campgrounds10/15/2023Baxter State Park
The Kennebec Ferry’s regular, free service ends on 9/30/23. Hikers may be able to arrange a private ferry in advance after this date.9/30/2023Maine Appalachian Trail Club
The ATC’s Monson Visitor Center10/9/2023Appalachian Trail Conservancy

New Hampshire

Location/ServiceDateMore Info
Appalachian Mountain Club full-service huts. Lake of the Clouds closes first on 9/16. 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 Roads12/15/23-5/1/24Green Mtn. National Forest


Location/ServiceDateMore Info
Mt. Greylock Auto Road10/29/2023Mt. Greylock State Reservation

New Jersey

Location/ServiceDateMore Info
Skyline Drive access to Crater Lake in Delaware Water Gap NRAClosed to motor vehicles from Friday at dusk through Monday at noon from May 21 through Oct 2.

Closed Jan. 1 - snowmelt (mid-April)
Delaware Water Gap NRA


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 closure is Loft Mountain Wayside on 11/5/2023VariableShenandoah 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
Roan Mountain Day Use Area (Tollhouse Gap parking)9/29/2023National Forests in North Carolina
Clingman’s Dome Road11/30/2023Great Smoky Mountains National Park website
Nantahala National Forest Seasonal RoadsVariableNational Forests in North Carolina


Location/ServiceDateMore Info
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Seasonal Roads01/16/2024Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest