APPALACHIAN TRAIL WILL BE ACCESSIBLE THROUGHOUT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2018, all land units managed by U.S. federal agencies will be “closed but accessible” as part of a government shutdown. This includes the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) footpath and the sections of the A.T. corridor that are directly managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).
This means that visitors can still access all sections of the A.T., but all facilities and support that is provided or overseen by NPS or USFS will be unavailable. This includes restrooms, visitor centers and other buildings, concessions, information services, and other services. NPS and USFS staff will be kept at a bare minimum, which means that incident and emergency response will be severely impacted and limited in scope.
Click here to view our answers to frequently asked questions about the shutdown's effects on the A.T.
TRAIL CLOSURE NEAR KENT, CONNECTICUT DUE TO UNSAFE CONDITIONS
(1/16/2018) The A.T. in Kent, CT between RT 341 and Skiff Mountain Rd is closed due to unsafe ice and flooding conditions involving the Macedonia Brook crossing. As a portion of the Skiff Mountain Road and River Road has been closed by the Town of Kent, the AT is essentially inaccessible between RT 341 and Cornwall Bridge. The 341-Skiff Mountain Road trail closure will remain in effect until further notice.
STORM DAMAGE IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND
(11/3/2017) Portions of the A.T. in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont may have been impacted by the recent storm that caused widespread damage. No reports have yet come in; agencies and volunteers will be conducting damage assessments as they are able. Until then, trail visitors are advised to use caution in planning hikes, and be prepared to encounter blowdowns or eroded sections of Trail that may slow travel or create hazards. Additional rainfall combined with strong winds may bring down more trees as soils are already saturated; stream crossings may be hazardous or impassible. As always, carry a map and compass in case a section of the trail is impassible or a bridge is washed out, and be ready to turn back. Report any damage to [email protected]il.org.
TRAIL CLOSURE DUE TO FIRE ON KINSMAN RIDGE TRAIL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Updated 11/3/2017) See New Hampshire section below for more information.
(10/4/2017) CAUTION ADVISED IN GEORGIA & NORTH CAROLINA POST HURRICANE IRMA
While most areas with hurricane damage have been cleared, hikers are advised that hazards will remain even if all the blowdowns have been cleared. It takes a long time for conditions to stabilize after a serious weather event like Irma. Be very careful in choosing places to camp, including at or in shelters. Look up and around out to a couple of tree lengths in distance to be sure your shelter or campsite is not threatened by broken limbs, widow makers or leaning or damaged trees.
ATC strongly recommends a bear canister for storing food on your A.T. hike (and so does the Nantahala National Forest)
The ATC and Nantahala Ranger District strongly recommend carrying a bear canister—constructed with solid, non-pliable material and designed to resist bears—to store your food and smellables on the A.T. Bear canisters provide an effective alternative to hanging food bags.
An excellent resource for black bear related information can be found at http://www.sierrawild.gov/. Examples of recommended bear canisters can be found here
Recent bear activity in:
Nantahala Ranger District (8/24/17), See NC section, below, for details.
New York (5/23/17), (8/16/17) See NY section, below, for details.
Shenandoah National Park (10/7/17)
Massachusetts (6/29/17) See MA section, below, for details.
Vermont (6/29/17) See VT section, below, for details.
Southwest Virginia (7/12/17) See Southwest Virginia section, below, for details.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) (10/4/17) See GSMNP section, below, for details.
Georgia (8/16/17) See GA section, below, for details.