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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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Updates
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, in response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Public Health Service, is modifying park operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Visitors can access outdoor areas and hiking trails.
Kennebec River Ferry Service
(Updated 5/12/2020) The Kennebec River is the most formidable unbridged crossing along the entire A.T. Do not attempt to ford the river. Please use the ferry service.
Schedule for 2020
The Kennebec Ferry will operate June 1 to September 30 in 2020.
The hours of operation are as follows:
June 1 – June 30 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
July 1 – September 30 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Be mindful of COVID-19: Maintain 6’ distance from others while waiting for the Ferry
The Kennebec River is the most formidable, crossing on the A.T.:
- The Kennebec is approximately 400 feet wide with a swift, powerful current.
- As a result of water releases from multiple hydro facilities on the river, the depth and current of the river surge quickly and unpredictably. You cannot cross faster than the water level rises!
- Even at the lowest water levels, slippery rocks and strong currents make fording dangerous.
- Arrive early in the time period to ensure a safe and enjoyable crossing.
- If, in the judgment of the ferry operator, river or weather conditions make the crossing dangerous, the service will be discontinued until conditions improve.
- Hikers are required to complete and sign a release form, wear a life jacket, and follow instructions.
- Groups of 6 or more – call or email the Ferry Operator to schedule a crossing. Arrive early!
- Pending availability, service outside of the regular season (see above dates) may be arranged for a $50 fee per crossing (1 or 2 hikers). Please call or e-mail in advance to make arrangements.
- No service will be available between November 1 and April 30.
For more information and a schedule, view the Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s Kennebec River Ferry page or download a flyer here.
New Food Storage Requirement
(7/28/2019) The Green Mountain National Forest has implemented a forest order that affects the entire A.T. in Vermont. Except while being consumed, all food, food containers and refuse shall be stored suspended at least twelve (12) feet above the ground and not less than six (6) feet horizontally from any object. Bear boxes and bear canisters designed specifically for food and/or refuse storage are acceptable. More information can be found here.