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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Designated Overnight Sites on A.T. in Green Mountain NF Closed.
(5/6/2020) Overnight camping on on lands managed by the Green Mountain National Forest is prohibited in designated areas, campgrounds, and shelters, as described in the Order.
Vermont State Parks Updates
(5/11/2020) Visit the Vermont State Parks COVID-19 Updates page for closures or restrictions that affect the A.T. or facilities in Gifford Woods State Park.
Avoid hiking in Vermont during Mud Season (April and May)
Hikers are asked to avoid hiking the A.T. in Vermont and other states in northern New England during April and May, when trail conditions are poor and trails are very susceptible to damage. For more information, see our Mud Season page, and visit the Green Mountain Club’s blog post Mud Season Has Arrived! Help Protect Fragile Environments. During mud season, follow the Green Mountain Club Facebook page for updates.
Long-distance hikers who cannot change their plans are asked to walk in the middle of trail through the mud to avoid damaging the fragile edges of the Trail and widening the footpath. Snowshoes and traction devices may still be required in some areas. Tips on hiking in winter conditions that may still be present during this period be found here.
Multiple bear incidents.
(7/17/2019) Due to multiple bear incidents caused by improper food storage by humans, Goddard Shelter (mile 1622.9) had to be closed, and the bear that had become habituated had to be killed. The shelter has re-opened.
Bear activity (including reports of stolen food bags) has been noted at:
- Kid Gore Shelter (mile 1627.2)
- Story Spring Shelter (mile 1631.8)
- Stratton Pond Shelter (mile 1642.2)
Check out the Green Mountain Club’s blog on how hikers can keep their food and themselves safe and avoid creating problem bears: Problem Bears? Or Problem People?
New Food Storage Requirement
(7/28/2019) The Green Mountain National Forest has implemented a forest order that affects the entire A.T. in Vermont. Except while being consumed, all food, food containers and refuse shall be stored suspended at least twelve (12) feet above the ground and not less than six (6) feet horizontally from any object. Bear boxes and bear canisters designed specifically for food and/or refuse storage are acceptable. More information can be found here.