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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14-Day Quarantine Required of Visitors to Vermont

Vermont
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(Updated 1/15/2021)
NH Department of Health and Human Services continues to recommend against any non-essential personal or business travel, and people should avoid gathering with others who are not part of a person’s immediate household.

There is no travel-quarantine requirement for those traveling to New Hampshire from surrounding New England States (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island).

This is the latest travel guidance from the Division of Public Health Services:

  • Traveler/visitors to AND residents of NH need to self-quarantine for 10 days following the last date of any travel internationally (including to/from Canada); on a cruise ship; or domestically outside of the New England states of Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island for non-essential purposes.
  • If the person is asymptomatic and has a negative PCR test on or after day 7 of quarantining, they may shorten or end their quarantine.
  • This 7-day “test out” of travel quarantine option applies ONLY to travel-related quarantine and NOT quarantine due to other types of exposure.

NOTE: You do NOT need to quarantine for 10 days or get tested for COVID-19 if either of the following apply:

  • You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and more than 14 days have passed since you received the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine.
  • You have previously tested positive for active COVID-19 infection (by PCR or antigen testing) in the last 90 days (if you had a previous infection that was more than 90 days ago, you must still follow all quarantine requirements)

For more information, visit healthvermont.gov/covid-19/travel-quarantine/visitors-vermont.

Travel and Quarantine Guidance for New Hampshire

New Hampshire
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(Updated 1/12/2021) The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services continues to recommend against any non-essential personal or business travel.

There is no travel-quarantine requirement for those traveling to New Hampshire from surrounding New England States (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island).

  • Traveler/visitors to AND residents of NH need to self-quarantine for 10 days following the last date of any travel internationally (including to/from Canada); on a cruise ship; or domestically outside of the New England states of Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island for non-essential purposes.
  • If the person is asymptomatic and has a negative PCR test on or after day 7 of quarantining, they may shorten or end their quarantine.
  • This 7-day “test out” of travel quarantine option applies ONLY to travel-related quarantine and NOT quarantine due to other types of exposure.

Any traveler/visitors or residents experiencing symptoms must isolate, contact a healthcare provider and get tested.

Click here for more information.

 

 

10-Day Quarantine or Testing Requirement of Most Visitors to Maine

Maine
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(Updated 1/15/2021)

  • The State of Maine will allow adults who obtain and receive a negative COVID-19 test from a specimen taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival to forgo the 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine. Individuals may be tested in Maine, but they must quarantine while awaiting the results.
  • Maine is strongly urging visitors to “Know Before You Go,” and be tested and receive results in their home state before traveling to Maine, which will allow them to take appropriate action depending on the result. Websites like Get Tested COVID-19 show local testing options nationwide.
  • The State is exempting residents from the following states from the testing and 10-day quarantine requirement for travel and lodging: Vermont, New Hampshire.
  • People who are not Maine or exempted states must complete a Certificate of Compliance form indicating they have received a negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 10 days, or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine.
  • This Certificate of Compliance must be provided to check-in at Baxter State Park, all Maine lodging, campgrounds, seasonal rentals, and other commercial lodging, such as Airbnb. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative test result upon request.

For more information, visit Keep Maine Healthy.

 

 

Spy Rock Trail and Parking Area Closed

Central Virginia
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(Updated 12/8/2020)  The USDA Forest Service will close the parking lot and associated trail that provides access to Spy Rock the week of December 7, 2020. The Forest Service is closing the parking lot located behind the Montebello Fish Hatchery in Nelson County.

The public can continue to access Spy Rock via an alternative route. Hikers should be aware that this alternative route is approximately 6.5 miles in length (round-trip) and has fewer trail blazes and other directional signage. All hikers should carry a map of this alternative route and be well-prepared for this longer distance hike.

Parking for this alternative route is located at the end of State Route 826 (Meadows Lane). State Route 826 is maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation and is not suitable for some passenger vehicles. The road is recommended for travel only by higher clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles.

Directions to Spy Rock as of the week of December 7, 2020:

  • From State Route 56, take State Route 826 (Meadows Lane) for approximately 3.75 miles to its end point at the Crabtree Meadows parking area.
  • From the Crabtree Meadows parking area, hike back along State Route 826 for 0.5 miles and turn left onto Forest Service Road 596 (Cash Hollow Road).
  • Hike* along Forest Service Road 596 (Cash Hollow Road) for 0.5 miles to the intersection with the Appalachian Trail.
  • Turn right (south) on the Appalachian Trail and continue for 2.1 miles to the intersection with Spy Rock Trail, Forest Trail #732.
  • Link to map

*Note: No parking is allowed on or along Forest Service Road 596 (Cash Hollow Road).

For more information on Spy Rock, please contact the Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger District office at 540-291-2188. The announcement can be found here.

Town of Harpers Ferry – Face Coverings Required In All Public Indoor Places

West Virginia
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(Updated 11/17/2020) West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has issued Executive Order 77-20, which amends the Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement as follows: Face coverings must be worn at all times in all public indoor places, regardless of the ability to socially distance. Compliance is mandatory.

There are certain exemptions when dining, for children under age nine, and for anyone who has trouble breathing or is otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

More information is available at www.harpersferrywv.us

Dahlgren Bathhouse – Closed For Renovations

Maryland
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(8/31/2020) Beginning September 9 the Dahlgren Bathhouse at the Dahlgren Backpacker Campground (mile 1043.3) will be closed for renovations.  It will be closed until next spring.

Baggs Creek Gap – Bear Activity

Georgia
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(8/5/2020) There are multiple reports of bears stealing hikers’ food from the unofficial Baggs Creek Gap campsite (mile 35.6) in the last two months. Hikers are advised to choose another location to camp, and always store food and smellables properly, using a bear-resistant canister or employing the PCT Method of hanging food. Please report all bear encounters. For more tips, information and Bear Encounter Report Form, see www.appalachiantrail.org/bears.

Maryland Shelter Advisory

Maryland
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All shelters on Maryland DNR lands (all shelters on the A.T. in Maryland except the Ed Garvey Shelter) are open.

Hikers are advised by Maryland DNR  to sanitize themselves after using privies, or avoid privies and follow Leave No Trace principles for this activity (dig a cathole 200 feet from water, campsites and the trail).

The Ed Garvey Shelter, which is located on National Park Service (NPS) Appalachian Trail (APPA) lands, remains closed.

Port Clinton – Parking Closure

Pennsylvania
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(8/3/2020) Due to increasing rail operations, the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad is no longer able to accommodate hiker parking or drop-off on their property, either at the station/office off Broad Street or near the ball field on South Street. Hikers are still welcome to cross their property while following the A.T., however are requested to use the lot on PA 61 or where legal in town. Hikers should note there are no public facilities at the railroad station/office.

A.T. Shelters, Campsites & Privies on Massachusetts State Lands – Closed

Massachusetts
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Shelter Closure

(7/2/2020) After careful consideration and out of an abundance of caution, the 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 A.T. in Massachusetts. For more information,  visit the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) page..

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