IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING HURRICANE IRMA
(9/26/2017) REPORT ON SECTIONS CLEARED, CAUTION STILL ADVISED IN GEORGIA, NORTH CAROLINA, AND TENNESSEE
The following areas have been cleared:
Approach Trail from top of stairs at Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain
Springer Mountain to Neel Gap
The following area has been cleared of the most significant damage:
Standing Indian to Betty Creek Gap
Areas of heavy damage remain between Neel Gap, Georgia and Deep Gap, North Carolina.
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. Please note guidance below on selecting campsites.
Be aware that trees that have fallen during high winds may have significant strains and binds that may not be readily apparent and can be very dangerous. Also be aware of slippery footing, potential landslides, and trees that may still have fall potential.
(9/19/2017) POST-HURRICANE ALERTS STILL IN EFFECT
ATC and the National Park Service encourage hikers to avoid the A.T. in Georgia and North Carolina sections closest to Georgia (Nantahala National Forest). Hikers have also reported damage as far north as Tennessee sections north of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
For those who are hiking in areas affected by the hurricane (Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee), 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.
Please report any significant damage to Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s office in Asheville at [email protected], providing detailed information about location and date. Photos of damage (with location identified) are also requested.
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 (9/13/17)
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) (8/9/17) See GSMNP section, below, for details.
Georgia (8/16/17) See GA section, below, for details.