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.
Travel Recommendations for Pennsylvania
People who are planning on traveling to Pennsylvania or visiting Pennsylvania from one of the states listed here are recommended to quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors are asked to stay in their quarantine location for the full 14 days prior to interacting with anyone outside their travel group or household. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Travel Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions.
Travel Restrictions for Massachusetts
All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:
- Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
- Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.
If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
Failure to comply may result in a fine.
For more information, visit www.mass.gov/info-details/travel-information-related-to-covid-19.
Quarantine Notice for Travelers to New Jersey
Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.
The 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain “impacted states” identified as those that 1) have an average daily number of new cases higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or 2) have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day period. The advisory applies to travel from states that meet either of these levels.
Click here for details and a list of states that require quarantine in New Jersey.
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.
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.
A.T. Shelters, Campsites & Privies on Massachusetts State Lands – Closed
(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..
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.
Travel and Quarantine Guidance for New Hampshire
Visitors traveling to/from areas outside of New England (Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island) need to self-quarantine for the first 14 days of any intended stay in New Hampshire after travel (starting from the last day of their travel outside New England). This recommendation is irrespective of the mode of transportation for travel (public vs. private transportation). It is also acceptable for travelers to New Hampshire to self-quarantine in their home state prior to arrival as long as they do not travel on public transportation.
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 York
All travelers coming from states with significant rates of transmission of COVID-19 are required to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of their last contact. A travel enforcement operation will commence at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state’s quarantine restrictions.
Also, all out-of-state travelers from designated states must complete a Traveler Health Form upon entering New York.
Click here for more details and a list of states whose travelers must quarantine when arriving in New York.