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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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.
Hunting Season Awareness
A.T. Trailwide Updates
In many areas of the A.T., hunting is taking place along or very near the A.T.; deer firearm season begins in most states in October or November and lasts through December or into January (through March in Loudoun County, Virginia). To maximize your safety, research where and when hunting is allowed, wear fluorescent or “blaze” orange visible from 360 degrees, avoid hiking at dawn and dusk, and take other precautions. For more information and safety tips during hunting season, visit appalachiantrail.org/hunting. Know before you go!
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.
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.
Bulls Bridge Side Trail, Scenic Area and Associated Parking – CLOSED
The blue blazed side trail off Bulls Bridge Road in Kent, CT, and all NPS land between the AT and the Housatonic River from Bulls Bridge Road to the Ten Mile River is closed until further notice due to resource damage. Parking on Bulls Bridge Road, Schaghticoke Road, and Route 7 in Kent is prohibited. The A.T. (white blazes) will remain open.”
For more more details, see the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Facebook page post about the closure.
Caution advised on A.T. after Hurricane Zeta
(October 30, 2020) – In the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Zeta, hikers are advised to use caution when visiting the Appalachian Trail from Georgia through central Virginia. Especially when setting up camp, look above and all around you for up to two tree lengths to be aware of potential overhead hazards from storm-damaged trees that could cause branches or trees to fall.
Visit the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests Alerts Page and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Facebook page when visiting the A.T. in Georgia, and respective local land-managing agency web pages for updates, including possible road closures.
Spy Rock Trail Not Recommended
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has been notified that questions have arisen regarding the right of access over a portion of the side trail to the A.T. near Spy Rock in Nelson County. This trail leads from a public parking area on Fish Hatchery Road to the A.T. at northbound mile 825.4. This hiking trail is co-located with a road which travels through private property until the road/trail crosses onto National Forest System lands. Private landowners within the Spy Rock Subdivision have placed no trespassing signage along the road.
The public’s right of access via this historic access road passing through the Spy Rock Subdivision is unclear and is an open legal question at this time. The ATC recommends hikers avoid this trailhead and use an alternate route to Spy Rock.
Hikers wishing to use an alternate route to reach Spy Rock can use the following route:
1) From Route 56, take State Route (SR) 826- Meadows Lane for approximately 3.75 miles to its end point at the Crabtree Meadows parking area
2) From Crabtree Meadows parking area, hike back up SR 826 for ½ mile and turn left on Forest Service Road #596 – Cash Hollow. Follow Cash Hollow Road for ½ mile to the intersection with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Turn right on the A.T. (south on trail) and continue for 2.1 miles to the intersection with Spy Rock Trail, Forest Trail #732.
Travel Requirements for Pennsylvania
- The Secretary of Health issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the commonwealth.
- If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
- Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth, or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. This does NOT apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment.
- This order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, November 20.
More information can be found at the State of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Information for Travelers page.
Quarantine Notice for Travelers to New Jersey
Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.
The 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain “impacted states” identified as those that 1) have an average daily number of new cases higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or 2) have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day period. The advisory applies to travel from states that meet either of these levels.
Travelers are asked to complete a voluntary online survey to provide information about where you are traveling from and your destination if you have traveled to, or are returning from, one of the designated states.
Click here for details and a list of states that require quarantine in New Jersey.
Quarantine/Testing Requirements for Travelers to New York
(11/5/2020) Out-of-state travelers to New York must either quarantine for 14 days or can now “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine with a shorter quarantine if they meet certain requirements. 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.