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 Here for A.T. Closures Due to COVID-19

Click each update below for more information.

Pennsylvania – Prescribed Burns Planned – Lebanon County, near Rausch Gap

Pennsylvania
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(March 21, 2021) Starting Sunday, March 21 the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) plans to conduct several prescribed burns on State Game Land 211 near Rausch Gap. The section of A.T. affected is roughly the Rausch Gap Shelter Side Trail (mile 1178.6) to Greenpoint School Road (1183.3). These burns are conditions and weather dependent and may take until the end of April to complete. A section of the A.T. is within the area to be burned and depending on which section of the area is being burned on a given day, may be closed and hikers will be asked to use a detour or to wait while operations are occurring. Hikers may also encounter smoky conditions. PGC personnel will be present, and hikers are requested to follow their direction for everyone’s safety.

Pennsylvania – Prescribed Burn Planned – near A.T. south of Boiling Springs

Pennsylvania
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(3/19/2021) The PA Game Commission plans to conduct a prescribed burn to help regenerate the pitch pine-dry oak forest habitat on a portion of State Game Lands 305 this spring sometime between March 20 and mid-May, 2021. The burn will not affect the Appalachian Trail directly but will be on adjacent lands in the vicinity of Alec Kennedy Shelter  (northbound mile 1120.1) and Center Point Knob (northbound mile 1121.1) and  approximately 3.5 miles south of Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania (northbound mile 1124.0). The A.T. will remain open, however hikers in the area at the time of the burn may experience smoky conditions.

Maryland COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Maryland
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(Updated 3/29/2021)

Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. The CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

If you must travel, take these steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel—it takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination.
  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before you travel. Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel in case you are asked for them. Do NOT travel if you test positive.
  • Get tested again with a viral test 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Check travel restrictions before you go.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone who did not travel with you. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick or you test positive for COVID-19. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

The state recommends testing after travel or upon arrival in Maryland. Read the MDH Health Directive.

For additional travel resources and guidance, visit the CDC travel advisory site.

Visit covidlink.maryland.gov/content/faqs/#index or call the Maryland Dept. of Health COVID-19 hotline at (877-319-1525) for more information.

Connecticut COVID-19 Travel Guidance

Connecticut
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(Updated 4/11/2021)
Prior to traveling outside of your local community, consider that travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

Travelers should review CDC’s travel guidance when planning travel outside of their local community. Know your travel risk. Do not travel if you are sick, are considered infectious after testing positive for COVID-19, or should be quarantining after exposure to a person with COVID-19. Review guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
For more information, visit www.portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel.

Partnership Shelter Camping Guidelines during COVID-19

Southwest Virginia
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Shelter Closure

(3/2/2021) Due to the pandemic, the Partnership Shelter (mile 534.1) is temporarily closed. However, while the shelter is closed, tenting and hammocking are allowed in the immediate vicinity of the shelter (and not beyond the toilet) as long as the tent or hammock is 6 feet from any structure or person. Tenting is not allowed on the Trail itself.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Maine

Maine
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Shelter Closure
(Current 4/11/2021 From the 03/02/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the Maine section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Frye Notch Lean-to
Hall Mountain Lean-to
Bemis Mountain Lean-to
Piazza Rock Lean-to
Poplar Ridge Lean-to
Spaulding Mountain Lean-to
West Carry Pond Lean-to
Pierce Pond Lean-to
Pleasant Pond Lean-to
Bald Mountain Brook Lean-to
Moxie Bald Lean-to
Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to
Leeman Brook Lean-to
Wilson Valley Lean-to
Chairback Gap Lean-to
Carl A. Newhall Lean-to
Logan Brook Lean-to
East Branch Lean-to
Cooper Brook Falls Lean-to
Potaywadjo Spring Lean-to
Nahmakanta Stream Lean-to
Wadleigh Stream Lean-to

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

 

 

 

 

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Massachusetts

Massachusetts
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Shelter Closure
(Current 4/11/2021 From the 03/02/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the Massachusetts section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Upper Goose Pond Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Connecticut

Connecticut
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Shelter Closure
(Current 4/11/2021 From the 03/02/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the Connecticut section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Ten Mile River Shelter
Mt. Algo Shelter
Stewart Hollow Brook Shelter
Pine Swamp Brook Shelter
Limestone Spring Shelter
Riga Shelter
Brassie Brook Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Blue Ridge Parkway Updates

Central Virginia
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The open/closed status of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which may affect access to portions of the A.T. between Rockfish Gap/Shenandoah National Park and Roanoke, Virginia, is updated frequently at: www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm. Closures occur when the high-elevation road is covered with snow or ice or downed trees block the road after storms.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Shenandoah

Shenandoah National Park
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Shelter Closure
(Current 4/11/2021 From the 03/02/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the Shenandoah National Park section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Calf Mountain Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

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