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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Quarantine Notice for Travelers to Connecticut
Anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state with a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, or from a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country.
Anyone entering from one of the identified states must fill out a travel health form upon arrival.
A testing option is available in some situations.
Click here for details and a list of states whose travelers must quarantine when arriving in Connecticut.
Fingerboard Shelter – Closed to all Camping due to Aggressive 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 – Partial Re-Opening, Post Office Remains Open
(Updated 8/26/2020) The “Pit-Stop” is open for limited resupply, but the general store remains closed. Lodging and meals are available. No shuttles are being provided at this time.
The Fontana Dam Post Office remains open 11:45 am to 3:45 pm Monday through Friday.
Out-of-state Travelers Asked to Quarantine for 2 weeks
For more information, click here.
14-Day Quarantine Required of Many Visitors to Vermont
If you are visiting Vermont you must quarantine for 14 days once you arrive. You have the option to get a PCR test on or after day 7 of quarantine and end your quarantine with a negative test result.
Some travelers have the option to quarantine in their home state before coming to Vermont.
Exceptions to the quarantine requirement include travelers from select counties with low rates of active cases.
For more information, click here.
14-Day Quarantine or Testing Requirement of Most Visitors to Maine
The Keep Maine Healthy Plan has a requirement for a 14-day quarantine or COVID-19 testing for visitors except those from states that are exempt. People who are not from 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 14 days, or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine. A compliance form is required in places of lodging, when entering Baxter State Park, and potentially other areas.
For more information, visit Keep Maine Healthy.
Bear Activity – Bly Gap through Long Branch Shelter
(6/9/2020) There recently have been numerous reports of bears taking hikers food bags of all types, even those hung “PCT-style,” between Bly Gap (78.2) and Long Branch Shelter (102.2).
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy recommends a bear-resistant canister as the best personal food storage method.
Even when an area has no bear canister requirement, no bear cables or boxes, or no warning signs posted, it is still critical for hikers to practice preventative measures and store their food responsibly. Hikers’ personal responsibility is essential to the enduring future of trails, their sustainable management, and the safety of all hikers and wildlife.
Grayson Highlands State Park – Overnight Parking Update
Grayson Highlands State Park overnight backpackers’ lot is open as of June 15. Backpackers using the site must make reservations ahead of time. Please visit the Grayson Highland’s website here for contact information on how to make a reservation.
Baxter State Park Updates
(7/1/2020) The A.T. on Katahdin is now open, as are all publicly accessible roads.
All public facilities are open with the exception of bunkhouses and our headquarters building in Millinocket.
The park asks all to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while keeping your fellow visitors, our staff, and our local communities safe.
Visitors are asked to please be sure to: carry a mask or cloth face covering, and wear it when physical distancing is not possible; carry hand sanitizer with you and use before and after touching high-touch surfaces; practice physical distancing.
The A.T. between the park’s southern boundary and Katahdin Stream has re-opened after the 45-acre Abol fire on May 21 and is accessible on foot at Abol Bridge; visitors are encouraged to use extra caution in this area, where some hazards may still be present.
Those contemplating a thru-hike starting in Maine are encouraged to visit our Southbound Thru-Hike page.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Updates
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, in response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Public Health Service, is modifying park operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Visitors can access outdoor areas and hiking trails.