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Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – New York

New York
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Shelter Closure
(Current 4/11/2021 From the 03/02/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the New York section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Wildcat Shelter
RPH Shelter
Morgan Stewart Shelter
Telephone Pioneers Shelter
Wiley Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – New Jersey

New Jersey
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Shelter Closure
(Current 4/11/2021 From the 03/02/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the New Jersey section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Pochuck Mtn Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania
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Shelter Closure
(Current 4/11/2021 From the 03/02/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the Pennsylvania section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Alec Kennedy Shelter
Clarks Ferry Shelter
Peters Mountain Shelter
William Penn Shelter
501 Shelter
Windsor Furnace Shelter
Eckville Shelter
George W. Outerbridge Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Maryland

Maryland
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Shelter Closure
(Current 4/11/2021 From the 03/02/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the Maryland section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Ed Garvey Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia
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Shelter Closure
(Current 4/11/2021 From the 03/02/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In the northern Virginia section of the A.T., this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Tom Floyd Wayside
Jim and Molly Denton Shelter
Whiskey Hollow Shelter
Rod Hollow Shelter
Sam Moore Shelter
David Lesser Memorial Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Temporary Closure of Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands – Central VA

Central Virginia
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Shelter Closure
(Current 4/11/2021 From the 03/02/2021 NPS APPA Compendium of Orders)

COVID-19 Related Temporary Closure of All Shelters and Privies on APPA Lands
Effective March 30, 2020, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (55 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (10 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

In Central Virginia, this affects shelters and privies at the following shelter sites:

Johns Spring Shelter
Catawba Mountain Shelter
Campbell Shelter

All shelters and privies will be closed to all use on Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office lands to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing and sanitation standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing shelters will prevent trail users from congregating in close proximity to one another and encourage proper social distancing recommendations. Overnight trail users are encouraged to use a tent, and tent usage is authorized in the area surrounding the shelters. Closing of privies will prevent trail users from entering confined spaces where disease spreads without proper sanitation, and will discourage visitors from using
facilities that do not meet cleanliness standards. With privies closed, hikers should dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas. The use of tents instead of shelters, and cat-holes for human waste disposal, is a reasonable mitigation to help protect our visitors.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/appa/learn/management/upload/2021_APPA_Compendium_021621.pdf.

Note that all shelters on US Forest Service lands in Virginia are also closed, as is the Paul Wolfe Shelter on Blue Ridge Parkway lands, meaning all shelters on the A.T. in Central Virginia are closed.

No Overnight Camping Permitted on the A.T. in Massachusetts

Massachusetts
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Closure

(Confirmed 2/18/2021) 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.

Winter Road Closures affect A.T. Access in Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ

New Jersey
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(12/5/2020) The following winter road closures affect access to the Appalachian Trail:

Old Mine Road from Worthington SF to Millbrook Village. Closes access to A.T. from Kaiser Trail and Coppermines Trail Trailheads. Access to A.T. crossing of NPS 602 (Millbrook-Blairstown Road) limited to that from the east side of the ridge.

Blue Mountain Lakes Road beyond Blue Mountain Lakes trailhead. Adds roughly 1 mile walk uphill from BML Trail trailhead to A.T. crossing of Blue Mountain Lakes Road.

For more information, visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Conditions page.

ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry – Updates

West Virginia
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(Updated 4/1/2021) Due to public health concerns, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Harpers Ferry Visitor Center will temporarily remain  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 and undergo renovations.

There will be no on-site store purchases or restrooms available to visitors. The ATC is not issuing hang tags or registering hikers at this time. While the visitor center is closed, we are unable to hold packages for hikers; packages may be sent to the Harpers Ferry Post Office.

All local trails and access to the Appalachian Trail remain open. Visit the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park website for information about trails, exhibits, services, and parking within the park.

 

 

Pennsylvania – COVID-19 Travel Info

Pennsylvania
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Travel Information Updates

(Updated 3/29/2021)
As of March 1, 2021 the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating To Travel is no longer in effect. Travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 such as masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene.

COVID Alert PA is a free and voluntary mobile app developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in partnership with NearForm, University of Pennsylvania, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory using Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification System.

The app’s features include an interactive COVID-19 symptom check-in, alerts for potential exposures to the virus, updates on the latest public health data about COVID-19 in PA and public health guidance for what to do if you have a potential exposure to COVID-19. The app is designed to ensure privacy of the user. It does not use GPS, location services or any movement or geographical information. It will never collect, transmit or store personal information. It is completely anonymous.

After you download COVID Alert PA to your smartphone, you can opt-in to receive alerts if you have had a potential exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

More information can be found at the State of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Information for Travelers page.

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