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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Parking Advisory for US 40 A.T. Trailhead (access to Annapolis Rock)
(5/21/2020) Due to extremely overwhelmed parking leading to unsafe conditions at the US 40 Appalachian Trail trailhead parking (used to access Annapolis Rock), the Maryland State Police and the Natural Resource Police will be present on Saturday and Sunday mornings from now and into the summer months to enforce the “No Parking” zone. Residents are encouraged to come early to find legal parking areas or pay to park in the neighboring Maryland Department of Natural Resources at Greenbrier State Park adjacent to the Appalachian Trail.
The Maryland State Police are encouraging visitors to park only where authorized to avoid receiving a citation.
For more information, click here.
Bear Encounters Reported in Nantahala Ranger District
Bear canisters are strongly recommended for all overnight campers.
Due to a number of close and serious bear encounters in Panthertown and along the Appalachian Trail, the Nantahala Ranger District is strongly recommending that backcountry campers use bear-proof containers for all food and scented items.
Shenandoah National Park Re-Opening for Day Use Only 5/23
Shenandoah National Park will begin its phased reopening at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 23. All boundary trailheads and picnic areas remain closed. Skyline Drive and other trails will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Entry fees apply and restrooms are limited. For important information about what’s open and what’s closed and what you need to know, visit www.nps.gov/shen/phase-one.htm
Paul C. Wolfe Shelter – CLOSED
(Updated 5/23/2020) The Paul C. Wolfe Shelter (mile 859.3) on Blue Ridge Parkway lands, is closed. Backcountry campers are encouraged to maintain social distance. Click here for more information.
Twenty-Seven Miles of A.T. including McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs – CLOSED
In accordance with Virginia Governor’s Executive Order 55, and due to recent heavy visitation in violation of CDC guidelines, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is closing all access and use to 27 miles of APPA-owned land in Central Virginia known as the “Triple Crown.” The “Triple Crown” closure includes all National Park Service owned land between VA Route 624 (Newport Road) and VA Route 652 (Mountain Pass Road). This area includes McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs. Access to Dragon’s Tooth which is on U.S. Forest Service-owned land, has already been closed. For more information, click here.
Spy Rock Trail Head – CLOSED
(4/8/2020) In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will temporarily shut down the Spy Rock trail head effective April 9, 2020. For more information, click here.
Overmountain Shelter Closed Until Further Notice
In order to protect public safety, the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest has closed the Overmountain Shelter (mile 386.0). Forest Service engineers have determined that the building has become structurally unsound and cannot safely accommodate people. Further evaluations will occur to identify viable management options for the site. The fields around the shelter remain open for tent camping; hikers are asked not to pitch their tent within 40 feet of the shelter in the event there is a structural failure. For more information, view our press release here.
Glasgow – Hiker Shelter Closed
(4/23/2020) The hiker shelter in the A.T. Community of Glasgow is closed.
Town of Damascus – A.T. Hikers Requested to Stay Away
(4/17/20) From the standpoint of public safety and in observance of the Governor of Virginia’s stay-at-home orders due to Coronavirus, the Damascus Police Department respectfully asks A.T. hikers to get off the Trrail to allow local residents to follow social distancing guidelines; hikers are also advised that staying on Trail potentially puts first responders at risk who would be tasked with coming to assist should you become ill. For more information, click here.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK PHASED RE-OPENING
(5/9/2020) The Park has begun phase one of reopening. Some roads and trails are open, but others remain closed. Please see the press release here for details on closures.