Seasonal Update

Important Start-of-Season Opening Dates for 2024 A.T. Hikers

May 16, 2024

Spring has ushered in the hiking season along all but the northern reaches of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Many roads and other services that provide important Trail access close seasonally, with specific re-opening dates dependent on region and weather. Below is our start-of-season round-up of important opening dates that may affect Trail access and hiker resupply plans. Other hiker services (hostels, shuttles, outfitters, etc.) may also have varied hours throughout the year — be sure to check the availability of local services before you go. 

Photo by Marian Orlousky

Along with checking for seasonal and local closures, hikers should also still be prepared for cold and unpredictable weather along the A.T. in New England, and northbound (NOBO) hikers should keep their cold weather gear until they are north of the Grayson Highlands in southwest Virginia.  

Bears are also becoming more active along the A.T. as they feed their voracious, hibernation-fueled appetites. The ATC has already received several bear encounter reports so far this spring. Please report any bear encounters via our form and learn about bear safety on the Trail 

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. 

Maine Openings

WhatOpening OnMore Info
The A.T. up Katahdin (called the Hunt Trail in Baxter State Park) will open for the season depending on weater. The ATC recommends that SOBO hikers do not plan to begin their hikes before June 1.Dependent on weatherBaxter State Park
Katahdin Stream Campground, Daicey Pond Campground, and Kidney Pond Campground in Baxter State ParkDependent on weatherBaxter State Park
Baxter State Park and park roads.5/15/2024 (with limited access to some sections)Baxter State Park
The Kennebec Ferry. 5/24/2024Maine Appalachian Trail Club
The ATC’s Monson Visitor Center6/1/2024Appalachian Trail Conservancy

New Hampshire Openings

Location/ServiceOpening DateMore Info
Appalachian Mountain Club full-service huts. 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 RoadsMost on 5/15/2024White Mtn. National Forest

Vermont Openings

Location/ServiceOpening DateMore Info
Green Mtn. National Forest Seasonal Roads5/1/2024Green Mtn. National Forest
The A.T. in Vermont does not close seasonally, but it is strongly recommended that hikers stay off of high elevation trails (above 2,000') during springMemorial DayMud Season Info

Massachusetts Openings

Location/ServiceOpening DateMore Info
Mt. Greylock Auto Road5/18/2024Mt. Greylock State Reservation

New Jersey Openings

Location/ServiceOpening DateMore 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.

Opens after winter closure around mid April each year.
Delaware Water Gap NRA

Virginia Openings

Location/ServiceOpening DateMore Info
Skyline Drive is open year-round but may temporarily close due to winter weather during the cold months.N/AVisit Skyline Drive
Shenandoah National Park’s recorded information line: (540) 999-3500
Shenandoah National Park Waysides. Earliest opening is Skyland on 3/25/2024VariableShenandoah 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 during the cold months.N/ABlue Ridge Parkway National Park website

North Carolina & Tennessee Openings

Location/ServiceOpening DateMore 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)Closed for repairs for the summer of 2024National Forests in North Carolina
Clingman’s Dome Road4/1/2024Great Smoky Mountains National Park website
Nantahala National Forest Seasonal RoadsVariableNational Forests in North Carolina

Georgia Openings

Location/ServiceOpening DateMore Info
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Seasonal RoadsVariableChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest