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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Travel Requirements for Pennsylvania
Travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. If a traveler chooses to get tested upon entering the Commonwealth, or is waiting for test results, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days, or until receipt of a negative test result, whichever comes first.
More information can be found at the State of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Information for Travelers page.
Port Clinton – Parking Closure
(8/3/2020) Due to increasing rail operations, the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad is no longer able to accommodate hiker parking or drop-off on their property, either at the station/office off Broad Street or near the ball field on South Street. Hikers are still welcome to cross their property while following the A.T., however are requested to use the lot on PA 61 or where legal in town. Hikers should note there are no public facilities at the railroad station/office.
Kirkridge Shelter – Water Now Available
(7/22/2020) The water tap for the Kirkridge Shelter (on Kirkridge Retreat Center property) has been turned back on.
Shelter and privy closure affecting 56 shelters from Virginia through Maine
(3/28/20) Effective immediately, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (11 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, 4 privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). Follow this link for further details.
Most A.T. privies are maintained by volunteers on an infrequent schedule. However, the privies at overnight campsites overseen by on-site AMC caretakers are cleaned on a daily basis, leading to a lower risk of spreading COVID-19. Additionally, many of these AMC overnight sites are located in areas where digging a cathole can be ineffective.
Hamburg Reservoir Watershed Lands – Closed to Overnight Use and Overnight Parking
(6/8/2020) The Borough of Hamburg has re-opened approximately 10 miles of the A.T. on Hamburg Reservoir Watershed Lands to day use only.
The Hamburg Reservoir parking lot and public access to A.T. are open to public daily from dawn to dusk. No overnight parking will be permitted until further notice. Click here for more information.
This 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.
Shelters on Pennsylvania DCNR Lands CLOSED
(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.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Temporary A.T. – Reroute Nearby
(3/17/2020) There will be temporary reroute of the A.T. approximately 2 miles in length south of Pine Grove Furnace State Park, PA. The reroute will occur sometime between 3/16 – 3/20/2020 and will last approximately 1 to 2 weeks. The Trail will be rerouted onto a section of the blue blazed Sunset Rocks Trail starting immediately south of the Toms Run Shelters, extending north about one (1) mile and onto Michaux Road for approximately 300 ft. and then onto the “Dynamite Haul Road” for a little over 1/2 mile to rejoin the A.T. just north of Bunker Hill Road and Half Mile Spring. The temporary reroute will be in place while the Michaux District of the PA Bureau of Forestry conducts herbicide applications along the current A.T. to control non-native invasive plants as part of a 200 acre habitat restoration project in the area of Camp Michaux and Bunker Hill Road.
Lehigh Furnace Gap to Little Gap – A.T. Relocation
(12/20/2019) A short section of the planned relocation of the A.T. through the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site has been opened for public use. This section is on the east (trail north) side of Lehigh Gap, above the parking lot and below the climb through the rock fall. Additional segments will be opened in the coming years, so hikers should pay careful attention to following blazing and any signage.
Antietam Shelter Removed
(5/7/19) The Antietam Shelter (mile 1073.5 from Springer Mtn., GA) has been removed.
Susquehanna Trail – partial closure
(1/24/19) The branch of the Susquehanna Trail (just north of the Susquehanna River) that follows an old logging road onto private property adjacent to the A.T. corridor has been closed to public access. Hikers should remain on the shorter branch that starts above the Clarks Ferry Bridge and rejoins the A.T. about 1/4 mile south of the Clarks Ferry Shelter.