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.
Bulls Bridge Side Trail, Scenic Area and Associated Parking – CLOSED
(Update 7/2/20) 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.
(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.’ For more information, see the Town of Kent, CT COVID-19 page.
Iron Mountain Shelter – Bear Activity
(7/10/2020) Recent bear activity has been reported at Iron Mountain Shelter (mile 444.5). Hikers are advised by the local trail maintainers to avoid this shelter.
Always cook and eat away from shelters and store food and smellables properly. A bear canister is recommended as the most effective way to protect your food and keep you and bears safe. For more information and to report bear incidents, visit appalachiantrail.org/bears.
Footbridge Across Potomac River at Harpers Ferry Re-Opened
(7/3/2020) The Goodloe E. Byron Pedestrian Walkway (footbridge) across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has re-opened.
(6/11/2020) The National Park Service has issued a permit to CSX to repair the Goodloe E. Byron Pedestrian Walkway (footbridge) across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Repairs are underway and it is anticipated that they will be completed by the end of July assuming no weather or pandemic related delays.
CSX and the NPS are coordinating to fund and operate a shuttle service to provide free transportation for Appalachian Trail hikers and other visitors around the footbridge closure. The start date for this shuttle service is still to be determined. Visit go.nps.gov/HAFEfootbridge for more information.
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. There are no safe walking alternatives.
(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.
A.T. Shelters, Campsites & Privies on Massachusetts State Lands – Closed
(7/2/2020) After careful consideration and out of an abundance of caution, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will not be opening the back-country campsites, shelters and privies on DCR lands that serve the Appalachian trail hiking community this season. In Massachusetts, camping outside of the designated shelter and campsite area is not permitted. This means there will be no opportunity to legally overnight on DCR lands along the AT in Massachusetts.
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.
Quarantine Notice for Travelers to New Hampshire
Visitors are encouraged to remain in their home state until additional restrictions are lifted. Visitors from out-of-state who will be traveling to and staying in New Hampshire for an extended period of time are asked to self-quarantine for a two-week period. Click here for more information.
Double Spring Gap Shelter – CLOSED Due to Bear Activity
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
(6/29/2020) The Double Spring Gap Shelter (mile 197.2) is closed due to bear activity.
Trimpi Shelter – Bear Activity
June 2020: Overnight bear activity reported in the vicinity of Trimpi Shelter (mile 524.3).
Visit appalachiantrail.org/bears for tips on keeping yourself and your food safe from bears.
Quarantine Notice for Travelers To New Jersey
Effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Click here for details and a list of states whose travelers must quarantine when arriving in New Jersey.
Quarantine Notice for Travelers to New York
Effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Click here for details and a list of states whose travelers must quarantine when arriving in New York.