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].
Click each update below for more information.
COVID-19 Guidance to A.T. Hikers
A.T. Trailwide Updates
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
No Overnight Camping Permitted on the A.T. in Massachusetts
(7/2/2020) Due to ongoing and renewed temporary closures of all shelters, campsites and privies due to COVID-19 on both Massachusetts DCR lands and National Park Service A.T. (APPA) lands, and a standing prohibition of dispersed (stealth) camping on the A.T. throughout Massachusetts, no overnight camping is currently allowed.
See additional trail update entries in Massachusetts for details on state and NPS closures.
Winter Road Closures affect A.T. Access in Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ
(12/5/2020) The following winter road closures affect access to the Appalachian Trail:
Old Mine Road from Worthington SF to Millbrook Village. Closes access to A.T. from Kaiser Trail and Coppermines Trail Trailheads. Access to A.T. crossing of NPS 602 (Millbrook-Blairstown Road) limited to that from the east side of the ridge.
Blue Mountain Lakes Road beyond Blue Mountain Lakes trailhead. Adds roughly 1 mile walk uphill from BML Trail trailhead to A.T. crossing of Blue Mountain Lakes Road.
For more information, visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Conditions page.
ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry – Updates
(Updated 11/17/2020) Due to public health concerns, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Harpers Ferry Visitor Center will be closed until February as we assess the best methods to ensure all visitors, staff members and volunteers are kept as safe and healthy as possible and undergo renovations.
All local trails and access to the Appalachian Trail remain open. For more information about visiting the historic sites in the town of Harpers Ferry or local trails, visit the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park web site.
Travel Requirements for Pennsylvania
Travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. If a traveler chooses to get tested upon entering the Commonwealth, or is waiting for test results, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days, or until receipt of a negative test result, whichever comes first.
More information can be found at the State of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Information for Travelers page.
Quarantine Notice for Travelers to Connecticut
Anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state or territory, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, or from a country other than the United States, is directed to self-quarantine for a 10-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country.
Travelers from affected states are required to complete the Travel Health Form prior to or no later than upon the day of arrival in Connecticut.
A traveler is exempt from the self-quarantine requirement if the traveler has had:
(1) a test for COVID-19 in the seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Connecticut or at any time following arrival in Connecticut
(2) the result of such COVID-19 test is negative, and
(3) he or she has provided written proof of such negative test result to the Commissioner of Public Health via email to [email protected] or via facsimile to 860-326-0529.
If a test was obtained in the seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Connecticut, or following arrival in Connecticut, and such Affected Traveler has not yet received his or her test results, such traveler are required to remain in self-quarantine in Connecticut until a negative test result is submitted to the Commissioner.
Visit portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel for more information.
Quarantine Notice for Travelers to New Jersey
New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time.
New Jersey recommends visitors or people returning from states other than New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware to quarantine for 10 days. If travelers to the state test negative, they should still quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
Travelers from a state/territory outside the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) are asked to complete a voluntary online questionnaire. The advisory does not apply to people spending fewer than 24 hours in New Jersey.
For more information, visit: www.covid19.nj.gov/travel.
Quarantine/Testing Requirements for Travelers to New York
(1/15/2021) Out-of-state travelers to New York must either quarantine for 10 days or can now “test out” with a shorter quarantine if they meet the following requirements:
- Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
- The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
- On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory. Covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form.
More information is available at coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.
Travel Restrictions for Massachusetts
All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:
- Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival
- Quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival. However, all such arriving travelers must immediately begin the 10-day quarantine until a negative test result has been received.
Failure to comply may result in a fine.
For more information, including the list of lower-risk states, exemptions, visit www.mass.gov/info-details/travel-information-related-to-covid-19.