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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New Jersey Parks and Forests Closure Updates

New Jersey
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Closure

(Updated  5/29/2020) New Jersey Parks and Forests Closure Updates
All camping on the A.T. on state lands in New Jersey is closed. A.T. shelters and privies, the Dunnfield Creek area, Pochuck Boardwalk and NJ 94 / Wawayanda Mountain area (“ Stairway to Heaven”) will remain closed.

The state is also requiring social distancing to be practiced except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners and recommends that people wear a cloth face covering while in public settings at the parks and forests where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Click here for more information. .

Delaware Water Gap NRA – All backcountry campsites CLOSED until May 22

New Jersey
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Closure

(4/10/20) All backcountry campsites on the A.T. and on the Delaware River within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (in Pennsylvania and New Jersey) are closed until May 22. Most outdoor spaces in the park remain open and accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance. Park rangers remain on duty. Click here for more information.

Shelters on Pennsylvania DCNR Lands CLOSED

Pennsylvania
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Closure

(Updated 3/23/2020) The following overnight A.T. shelters on Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry lands are closed:

– Deer Lick (mile 1071.7)
– Tumbling Run (mile 1075.3)
– Rocky Mountain (108.9)
– Quarry Gap (mile 1087.5)
– Birch Run (mile 1094.9)
– Toms Run (mile 1101.1)
– James Fry at Tagg Run (mile 1112.0)
– Eagles Nest (mile 1211.2)
– Leroy Smith (mile 1275.9)
– Kirkridge (mile 1289.6)

Primitive backpack camping (tenting) is still permitted in accordance with the state forest rules and regulations; however, all trail shelters on these lands are closed. Social distancing is encouraged.

Hamburg Reservoir Watershed Lands – CLOSED

Pennsylvania
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Closure

(3/26/2020) The Borough of Hamburg has closed approximately 10 miles of the A.T. on Hamburg Reservoir Watershed Lands to public access. This closure affects the A.T. from about 2.0 miles north of Port Clinton to approximately 2.5 miles south of Hawk Mountain Road and includes Pulpit Rock vista and The Pinnacle vista. For more information, see the Borough of Hamburg website.

Delaware Water Gap NRA – All backcountry campsites CLOSED until May 22

Pennsylvania
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Closure

(4/10/20) All backcountry campsites on the A.T. and on the Delaware River within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (in Pennsylvania and New Jersey) are closed until May 22. Most outdoor spaces in the park remain open and accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance. Park rangers remain on duty. Click here for more information.

CLOSURE OF ALL A.T. SHELTERS

Maryland
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Closure

(5/11/2020) The Maryland Park Service has re-confirmed its closure of all shelters along the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, but camping is now allowed at state-owned camping sites along the Appalachian Trail. Camping is also prohibited outside of these areas along the A.T. in Maryland (dispersed camping in Maryland is not allowed. Campers must camp at designated sites).

Pisgah N.F. A.T. Trailheads Re-Opening 5/22 (Shelters Remain Closed)

North Carolina
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Shelter Closure

(May 21, 2020) The Pisgah National Forest temporarily shut down trailhead facilities and other access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and nearby trails in March to prevent groups from congregating and to protect public health and safety. Trailhead facilities and other access points will re-open 5/22.

Shelters will remain closed at this time.

While work continues opening trails and roads, services may remain limited and there may be a delay in rescue operations. To recreate responsibly outdoors, avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers.

Find more details about the closure and re-opening here.

This affects most of the A.T. from Davenport Gap at the eastern (trail north) end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Elk River in Tennessee. (Much of this distance the A.T. follows the North Carolina-Tennessee state line, with the Pisgah National Forest in on the east (North Carolina) side of the Trail and the Cherokee National Forest on the west (Tennessee) side, but occasionally veers into one state or the other).

 

 

 

Cherokee N.F. A.T. Trailheads to Re-Open 5/22 (Shelters Remain Closed)

Tennessee
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Shelter Closure

(May 21, 2020) The Cherokee National Forest temporarily shut down trailhead facilities and other access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and nearby trails in March to prevent groups from congregating and to protect public health and safety. Trailhead facilities and other access points will re-open 5/22.

Shelters will remain closed at this time.

While work continues opening trails and roads, services may remain limited and there may be a delay in rescue operations. To recreate responsibly outdoors, avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers.

Find more details about the closure and re-opening here.

This affects most of the A.T. from Davenport Gap at the eastern (trail north) end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Elk River in Tennessee. (Much of this distance the A.T. follows the North Carolina-Tennessee state line, with the Pisgah National Forest in on the east (North Carolina) side of the Trail and the Cherokee National Forest on the west (Tennessee) side, but occasionally veers into one state or the other).

George Washington-Jefferson NFs A.T. Trailhead Re-Opening (Shelters Remain Closed)

Virginia
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Shelter Closure

(May 21, 2020) The George Washington-Jefferson national forests temporarily shut down trailhead facilities and other access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and nearby trails in March to prevent groups from congregating and to protect public health and safety. Trailhead facilities and other access points will re-open 5/22.

Shelters will remain closed at this time.

While work continues opening trails and roads, services may remain limited and there may be a delay in rescue operations. To recreate responsibly outdoors, avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers.

Find more details about the closure and re-opening here.

This affects most of the  A.T. from the Tennessee/North Carolina border to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

ALERT: ATC VISITOR CENTER IN HARPERS FERRY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

West Virginia
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(3/17/2020, confirmed 5/20/2020) Due to public health concerns, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, will be closed until further notice as we assess the best methods to ensure all visitors, staff members and volunteers are kept as safe and healthy as possible.

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