Backcountry conditions change constantly. It is your responsibility to be prepared for the unexpected.

Report any adverse or dangerous Trail conditions you encounter by sending a detailed email to [email protected].

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Shelter and Privy Closures due to COVID-19

A.T. Trailwide Updates
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(Updated 2/25/2021) Many shelters and privies on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail are closed by land-managing agencies following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Closing shelters prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors. 

Where shelters are not officially closed, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy advises hikers to avoid all shelters during the pandemic for the reasons stated above. Privies that are not officially closed should also be avoided for reasons above and cat holes dug more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas unless privies are being maintained and the local club and/or agency advises their use.

See individual state updates for detailed information on closures.

Trail Alert: Peters Mountain Closure (Central Virginia)

Central Virginia
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(Updated 2/25/2021) An ice storm on Sunday, February 14 severely damaged multiple transmission towers on two separate lines that cross the A.T. on Peters Mountain, in Giles County, Virginia and Monroe County, West Virginia. The damaged towers create a significant safety risk to visitors and the Trail will remain closed from VA641/Clendennin Road (NOBO Mile 641.4) to Pine Swamp Branch Shelter (NOBO Mile 656.7) until the area can be made safe. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), National Park Service (NPS), and the US Forest Service are working closely with AEP and its contractors to reopen the Trail as soon as possible; however, due to the size of the damaged towers, their close proximity to the Trail and the remote location, a timetable for reopening is currently unavailable. ATC will work with partners in the area to minimize the effect on long-distance hikers.

COVID-19 Guidance to A.T. Hikers

A.T. Trailwide Updates
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Hikers are still advised to hike locally and avoid hikes that require resupply. Guidance on keeping yourself and others safe and reducing the spread of COVID-19 on the A.T. and in A.T. Communities can be found at appalachiantrail.org/COVID-19.

Maryland COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Maryland
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Travel Requirements

(Updated 2/08/2021)

Individuals who  travel to Maryland must either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 10 days. This applies to all states, with the exception of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Seasonal Road Closures in Nantahala NF

North Carolina
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The following roads that provide access to the Appalachian Trail in the Nantahala National Forest are closed seasonally in January, February, and March, In 2021, these roads will be closed through April 1, 2021:

  • Upper Nantahala (FSR 67)
  • Deep Gap (FSR 71)
  • Wayah Bald (FSR 69)

More information about road closures in the area can be found here.

 

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Central VA

Central Virginia
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Shelter Closure

(Updated 2/17/2021 from the 02/16/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 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, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In Central Virginia, this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Johns Spring Shelter
Catawba Mountain Shelter
Campbell Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Note that all shelters on US Forest Service lands in Virginia are also closed, as is the Paul Wolfe Shelter on Blue Ridge Parkway lands, meaning all shelters on the A.T. in Central Virginia are closed.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Shenandoah

Shenandoah National Park
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Shelter Closure
(Updated 2/17/2021 from the 02/16/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 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, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the Shenandoah National Park section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Calf Mountain Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia
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Shelter Closure
(UPDATED 2/17/2021 FROM THE 02/16/2021 NPS APPA COMPENDIUM OF ORDERS)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 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, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the northern Virginia section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Tom Floyd Wayside
Jim and Molly Denton Shelter
Whiskey Hollow Shelter
Rod Hollow Shelter
Sam Moore Shelter
David Lesser Memorial Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Maryland

Maryland
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Shelter Closure
(UPDATED 2/17/2021 FROM THE 02/16/2021 NPS APPA COMPENDIUM OF ORDERS)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 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, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the Maryland section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Ed Garvey Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania
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Shelter Closure
(UPDATED 2/17/2021 FROM THE 02/16/2021 NPS APPA COMPENDIUM OF ORDERS)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 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, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the Pennsylvania section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Alec Kennedy Shelter
Clarks Ferry Shelter
Peters Mountain Shelter
William Penn Shelter
501 Shelter
Windsor Furnace Shelter
Eckville Shelter
George W. Outerbridge Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

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