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.
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 non-residents except those from states that are exempt. A certificate of compliance is required in places of lodging, when entering Baxter State Park, and potentially other areas.
For more information about the Keep Maine Healthy plan, click here.
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.
All A.T. Shelters in Maine are Closed
The state of Maine has closed all overnight shelters on state lands
In keeping with National Park Service policy, camping is not currently allowed at lean-to shelters and other sites along the Appalachian Trail. Click her for more information.
Shelter and privy closure affecting 56 shelters from Virginia through Maine:
The National Park Service has closed all overnight shelters on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the Maine (22 shelters, 29 privies). Follow this link for further details.
Baxter State Park has closed A.T. shelters on lands inside the Park
Baxter State Park will be closed to camping (with other access and trail closures, see link in next sentence) until further notice, with a target date of July 1. Click here for more information
Shenandoah National Park Re-Opened
Shenandoah National Park has re-opened the entire park for both day and overnight use. For important information about what services and amenities are open and closed, visit www.nps.gov/shen.
Twenty-Seven Miles of A.T. including McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs Re-Opening
Effective 06/12/2020, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail has reopened access to 27 miles of the Trail in Central Virginia known as the “Triple Crown”, previously closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Triple Crown” area includes all National Park Service owned land between VA Route 624 (Newport Road) and VA Route 652 (Mountain Pass Road), including McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs.
View the complete news release at: https://www.nps.gov/…/upload/APPA-Press-Release-06-12-20.pdf
Dragon’s Tooth Trail and Parking Re-Opened
(6/13/2020) The trailhead parking lot for Dragon’s Tooth on the George Washington National Forest, as well as the Dragon’s Tooth Trail have re-opened.
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.