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.

No Overnight Camping Permitted on the A.T. in Massachusetts

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Closure

(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

New Hampshire
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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.

 

 

Footbridge Across Potomac River at Harpers Ferry Re-Opened

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(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.

Trimpi Shelter – Bear Activity

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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

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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

New York
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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.

Quarantine Notice for Travelers to Connecticut

Connecticut
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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 Connecticut.  This list will be continually updated as the situation develops across the country.

Fingerboard Shelter – Closed to all Camping due to Aggressive Bear Activity

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Bear Activity

(6/19/2020) Due to several incidents where black bears approached campers in search of food, camping at and in the vicinity of the Fingerboard Shelter (mile 1391.2) in Harriman State Park has been temporarily suspended. 

To reduce the risk of attracting black bears, campers should never leave food, coolers, or backpacks unattended, especially when sleeping. Cooking should be done in a separate area from where people will sleep. Once meals are done, all food should be secured, and waste taken to proper receptacles. Bears have a very good sense of smell, food and other items with a strong scent, like toothpaste, and deodorant, should not be stored inside a tent. 

Should a bear approach, campers should make noise and slowly back away. Do not run. If there are bear cubs present, do not get between cubs and an adult bear. All bear encounters should be reported to Park Police at (845) 786-2781.

Where camping is allowed, hikers are advised to use the food storage devices provided or a bear resistant canister used according to the manufacturer’s directions. Food should never be taken into or stored inside a hiker’s tent. See www.appalachiantrail.org/bears for more tips on storing food and staying safe from bears.

Fontana Village Closed – Post Office Remains Open

North Carolina
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Fontana Village and General Store are closed.

The Post Office remains open, but rooms are not being rented and there is no food service.  In addition, the Internet Kiosk in the Fontana Lodge, used for making reservations for camping sites in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also not available at present.

The Marina will be remain open during the summer with limited services.

This situation may change at any time if a new operator is found, but for now, it is best to consider the Village as closed if you are planning on hiking in the area.

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