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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White Mountains – All AMC Huts, Hiker Shuttle Closed for 2020
(5/3/2020) All Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) High Mountain Huts and AMC’s White Mountain Hiker Shuttle will be closed for the remainder of 2020. For more details and information about existing reservations, click here.
Kirkridge Shelter – Water off until at least June 30
(5/14/2020) The water system for the Kirkridge Shelter (Shelter on PA DCNR, water tap on Kirkridge Retreat Center property) will remain shut off until at least June 30. There is no other water source available at the site.
Designated Overnight Sites on A.T. in Green Mountain NF Closed.
(5/6/2020) Overnight camping on on lands managed by the Green Mountain National Forest is prohibited in designated areas, campgrounds, and shelters, as described in the Order.
Baxter State Park Closures and Updates
(6/2/2020) Following guidance from the CDC and state public health officials, Baxter State Park has opened access for vehicles for day use at two locations and portions of the Tote Road. This does not include vehicle access to the Appalachian Trail in the park. Katahdin trails remain closed (including the A.T./Hunt Trail), and travel above treeline anywhere in the park remains prohibited.
Beginning July 1, Baxter State Park intends to open for most camping opportunities and hiking above treeline. Baxter State Park offices and headquarters are closed to the public until further notice. Reservations can still be made online and by calling (207) 723-5140.
The A.T. between the park’s southern boundary and Katahdin Stream has re-opened after the 45-acre Abol fire on May 21 and is accessible on foot at Abol Bridge; visitors are encouraged to use extra caution in this area, where some hazards may still be present.
All visitors entering Maine from out of state are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine before entering the park. Vehicle fees for non-Maine residents will be required in the park. For more information and to make online camping or parking reservations, click here.
Those contemplating a thru-hike starting in Maine are encouraged to visit our Southbound Thru-Hike page.
Vermont State Parks Updates
(5/11/2020) Visit the Vermont State Parks COVID-19 Updates page for closures or restrictions that affect the A.T. or facilities in Gifford Woods State Park.
ALERT: Footbridge Closure at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
(4/30/2019) The National Park Service released an update on the status of the Goodloe E. Byron Memorial Pedestrian Walkway (footbridge) across the Potomac River. The National Park Service (NPS), in coordination with CSX, is making progress on the requirements for a permit, which would outline the required repairs to the footbridge. While the project terms and the timeline for repairs are still under discussion, the NPS and CSX are working toward a late spring start date for construction. Until this shuttle system is in place, A.T. visitors should still secure their own transportation across the Potomac River using the links found on appalachiantrail.org/transportation.
(12/21/19) The footbridge crossing the Potomac River in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is closed until further notice due to a train that occurred on Dec. 21, 2019. For more information, please see our news item here.
Bulls Bridge Recreation Area and A.T. Gate on River Road – CLOSED
(4/6/20) COVID19 INTERIM ORDER: In order to protect the citizens: effective 4/5/2020 Bulls Bridge Recreation Area is closed until further notice. Additionally, the A.T. gate on River Road is now closed for the season. It will re-open after Labor Day weekend. Residents will still be able to utilize the parking area for ‘solitary recreation.’ Residents will still be able to utilize the parking area for ‘solitary recreation. For more information, see the Town of Kent, CT COVID-19 page.
Fingerboard Shelter – Aggressive Bear
(10/24/2019) There have been multiple reports of habituated bears stealing hikers’ food at the Fingerboard Shelter site (mile 1390.1), including ripping tents in search of food. Hikers are advised to use the newly-installed food hanging cable or a bear resistant canister used according to the manufacturer’s directions. Food should never be taken into or stored inside a hiker’s tent. See www.appalachiantrail.org/bears for more tips on storing food and staying safe from bears.
Bear Mountain State Park – Road and Shelter Closures
(4/24/2020) Effective Friday, April 24 and until further notice, the following roads will be CLOSED:
– Exit 16 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway
– Lake Welch Drive to St. John’s Road
– Tiorati Brook Road
– Rte. 106 from Kanawauke Circle to Rte. 17
– Arden Valley Road
Seven Lakes Drive remains open.
All trail shelters are closed at this time. For more information, click here.
Kittatinny Point Area – CLOSED
(3/30/2020) The Kittatinny Point area in New Jersey, including the parking lots and the picnic area, will be closed until further notice as of 8 am on Friday, March 27. Additionally, Worthington State Forest and the New Jersey Department of Transportation will close the state-owned parking areas on the westbound side of Interstate 80, including the Dunnfield Parking Area.