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Trail Updates

Keep up-to-date with the latest conditions on the Trail.
Report Trail conditions: [email protected]

trailwide updates

Backcountry conditions change constantly. It is your responsibility
to be prepared for the unexpected.

(Updated 12/6/18) Downed trees and broken limbs are  blocking the Trail or creating overhead hazards in areas of Shenandoah National Park and central Virginia in the wake of an ice storm November 14-15. Some areas may be impassible.

Hikers are advised to choose alternate sections of the A.T. as hiking and camping conditions can be dangerous. If you are injured, help may not be able to reach you. The southern section of Skyline Drive and extensive portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway remain closed.

Volunteers have begun to clear sections but some areas remain inaccessible to conduct assessments or clear trails. More information will be posted in the state-by-state section below as it becomes available.

If you do choose to hike in an where damage is suspected, be prepared for your travel to be much slower than normal, or to backtrack.

Please send reports of damage and photos to [email protected].

See State By State listings below for more details.

In many areas of the A.T., hunting is taking place along or very near the A.T. To maximize your safety, be sure to wear fluorescent orange visible from 360 degrees, and take other precautions. For more information and safety tips during hunting season, visit Know before you go!

Hikers are advised to be “bear aware” in all areas of the A.T. especially around overnight sites where campers may have been improperly storing their food. Remember that any overnight site can become a problem area at any time once a bear has an opportunity to easily take food that is improperly stored. 

Hikers should be especially careful in areas noted in the state-by-state sections below, where black bears have been exhibiting behavior that indicates they have become habituated to human food. In addition to following the ATC recommendation to carry a bear resistant canister, hikers should never leave packs unattended. Where food storage devices are provided, hikers should store food and other "smellables" in them upon arrival. Also, do not burn food wrappers or leftovers or leave them in fire pits, which may attract bears. Remember, when a bear is fed by a human — intentionally or unintentionally — a fed bear is a dead bear. See for more information.

Keep dogs leashed to reduce the risk of negative encounters between dogs and bears.

NEW: Please report any bear incidents: your report will help reduce human/bear conflicts on the A.T.!  Bear Incident Report

Recent storms and hurricanes that included ice, high winds, or heavy and prolonged rains have created hazards from damaged or unstable trees due to saturated soils. These w
ill remain a concern in many areas for some time. Dead and diseased trees and limbs can be present under any conditions. Campers need to be extremely vigilant about inspecting overnight sites for trees and limbs around and above them that could fall, even in completely still conditions. Be vigilant about your surroundings and stay safe.

Report any notable trail problems to [email protected]. Photos are helpful. 

Trailhead Vandalism Reports - Although trailhead areas are generally safe, vandalism or car-breaks can potentially occur at any remote trailhead. Never leave valuables visible in your vehicle. Recent incidents and areas with ongoing problems are noted below. For more tips and a list of areas with known incidents for the last several years, visit the vandalism section of our Transportation & Parking page.

See below for a state-by-state listing for more details and updates.

​trail updates by state



Water source information
Info on the status of water sources in Georgia:

Georgia A.T. Club - Water Sources & Availability

Bear canisters seasonally required for camping between Jarrard Gap and Neel Gap
(unknown date - present) A new U.S. Forest Service rule requires approved bear-resistant storage containers for overnight camping on a 5-mile stretch of the A.T. in the Chattahoochee National Forest between Jarrard Gap and Neel Gap, between March 1 and June 1 each year. This stretch is located between points 26.7 and 31.7 miles north of the southern terminus of the A.T. at Springer Moutain, Georgia, and includes Woods Hole Shelter, Slaughter Creek Campsite, and Blood Mountain Shelter. “Bear canisters” should be used to store food, food containers, garbage and toiletries. For more information, call the Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest at (770) 297-3000.


North Carolina (South of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

Nantahala National Forest Alerts
Alerts for the Nantahala National Forest portion of the A.T. (from the Georgia/North Carolina border to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be found here.

Bear-Proof Canisters Strongly Recommended on Nantahala Ranger District
(8/24/2017) Due to an increase in close and serious bear encounters in Panthertown and along the Appalachian Trail, the Nantahala Ranger District is strongly recommending that backcountry campers use bear-proof containers for all food and scented items.

Standing Indian/Deep Gap Area - Bear Warning
(5/25/18) Bears have been reported taking hikers' food bags. Please store food appropriately; a bear-resistant canister is recommended.

Seasonal Road Closure of Deep Gap Road/USFS 71
Deep Gap Road (US FS71, south of Standing Indian), is closed seasonally from roughly 1/1 to 3/31.

Caution Advised in North Carolina post Hurricane Impacts
(Updated 10/01/18) 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 the serious weather events we've seen this year. 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.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Monitor updates on the park's Alerts Page.

Bear activity in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Cautions 
(Updated 10/26/18) Problematic bear activity has been reported at some overnight sites and trailheads in the park. Hikers must use the food storage cables provided at all backcountry campsites in the park.

Plan ahead to avoid closed campsites or shelter sites and always store food and smellables properly.

Current closures and cautions:

Appalachian Trail -
general caution throughout the park, especially at overnight sites
Fontana Dam trailhead

Backcountry Permit Fees
(2/1/13 - Present) As ofFebruary, 2013, a backcountry permit must be obtained for overnight stays before entering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a $4 per person fee will be required for each night in the backcountry. Backcountry permits can be obtained up to 30 days in advance. Hikers who meet the definition of an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker (those who begin and end their hike at least 50 miles outside the park and only travel on the A.T. in the park) are eligible for a thru-hiker permit of $20 (valid for 38 days from the date issued for an up to 8 day hike through the Park). Permits are available at You may also obtain a permit in person at the park’s Backcountry Office (at the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, TN) or over the phone; with permits issued by fax, mail or email. Hikers staying overnight in the backcountry are required to have a printed copy of the permit.

For more information, visit or call (865) 436-1297.

Davenport Gap (Tenn. 32/N.C. 284,eastern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park) – Vehicle break-ins and car thefts
(1/3/16 - Present) Do not park overnight: This location has a history of vandalism with car thefts reported as recently as 1-3-16. Park at Big Creek Ranger Station in seasons when rangers are present.

For a full list of road and facility closures and warnings throughout the park, click here. Weather-related road and facility closures may change throughout the day. For updated road and weather information please call (865) 436-1200. Once you hear a voice, dial extension 631 for road information or extension 630 for a weather forecast.  Click here  for more information about bears in the backcountry.

North Carolina & Tennessee Border 

No updates at this time.



 McQueen Knob - Bear Warning
(5/25/18) Bears have been reported taking hikers' food bags. Please store food appropriately; a bear-resistant canister is recommended.

Watauga Dam - Bears Active in Area
(5/17/16-present) Hikers should use caution near Watauga Dam as bears are active in this area; hikers should be alert for and keep a respectful distance from bear(s) with cubs.
Watauga Lake Shelter - Closed
(4/15/16-present) Watauga Lake Shelter closed to all entry due to bear activity.

No picnicking, lingering or overnight camping. Hiking the Appalachian Trail only. BEARS ACTIVE IN THIS AREA. Please continue through the area without stopping. Closure Order: National Forest System lands Oliver Hollow Rd. to Wilbur Dam; closed until further notice.
US 19E - Parking not recommend
There is a long-standing recommendation by the local A.T. maintaining club to avoid parking at this location.


Southwest Virginia

Overnight Camping Re-Opening in Mt. Rogers High Country; Advisories still in effect
(Revised 10/2/2018) T
he USDA Forest Service has reopened the portions of the A.T. in the Mt. Rogers NRA High Country (Elk Garden/VA-600 to Fox Creek/VA-603, mile 494.3 to 511.3) that had been temporarily closed to camping due to bear activity. Since the time of the closure on August 30, the Forest Service and partner agencies have monitored the area and have seen no further issues with black bear activity and human encounters. However, habituated bears may still be active in the area, so visitors should remain alert.

All campers should carry and store their food in bear canisters or store their food in established bear boxes or electric fences out of bears reach. Bear boxes are located at Thomas Knob Shelter, Wise Shelter, and near the A.T. just west of Rhododendron Gap on the Crest Trail. Electric fences are located near Rhododendron Gap. Additional bear boxes will be installed soon.

Visitors are advised to use all precautions to avoid attracting bears during their visit. This is especially important during the fall season when bears are in search of food to prepare for winter.

The Forest Service is continuing to work with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Grayson Highlands State Park, the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club to evaluate options to address the human-bear conflict issue.

Mt. Rogers – Vehicle break-ins and thefts
(unknown date - Present) The Trail between Damascus and VA Rt. 16 at Mt. Rogers NRA Headquarters has a long history of vehicle break-ins and thefts.

Central Virginia

Ice Storm Damage Report*
(Updated 12/6/2018) Downed trees and broken limbs may be blocking the Trail or creating overhead hazards in areas in the wake of an ice storm on November 14-15. Some areas may be impassible; access roads to the Trail may be blocked. Downed trees can create a variety of hazards. Hikers are advised to choose areas that have been cleared or where there is no suspected damage. If you do hike affected areas, be prepared for your pace to be much slower than normal, or to backtrack. Volunteers have begun to clear sections but some areas remain inaccessible to conduct assessments.
*Expect areas below with no reports to have damage

734.2 - 740.4 Fullhardt Knob Shelter to Wilson Creek Shelter - Heavy damage (hiker report 11/23/18)

742.8  - 750.8 Blackhorse Gap to Cove Mountain Shelter - Cleared (updated trail club report 12/6/18)
757.4 - 761.2 Jennings Creek/Va. 614 to Bryant Ridge Shelter - a couple blockages involving multiple trees, but not widespread ice damage (trail club report 11/29/18)
761.2 - 768.8 Bryant Ridge Shelter to Parkers Gap Road/USFS 812; BRP mp 78.4 - Some damage (hiker report 11/27)
768.8 -  771.6 Parkers Gap Road/USFS 812; BRP mp 78.4 to 1/4 mile north of Thunder Hill Shelter - Heavy damage (hiker report 11/27)
771.6 - 773.0 - Thunder Hill Shelter to Thunder Hill Overlook; BRP mp 74.7 - Cleared (trail club update 12/6/18)
773.0 - 777.3 Thunder Hill Overlook to Highcock Knob - Heavy damage (hiker report)
778.8 - 785.8  Sulphur Spring Trail (south junction) to James River Foot Bridge - Cleared except for one large tree (trail club update 12/6/18)

785.8 - 816.3 James River Foot Bridge to Salt Log Gap (north) – Cleared (trail club update 12/4/18)
824.6 - 826.6 Spy Rock 1 mile north - Fair amount of blowdowns (hiker report 11/22/18)
826.7 Cash Hollow Road – Large Blowdowns in both directions (trail club report 11/20/18)
843.9 - 852.5 Reids Gap to Humpback Rocks side trail - most major blowdowns cleared (trail club report 12/2/18)
852.5 - 863.0 Humpback Rocks side Trail to Rockfish Gap -  Extensive damage (club report 12/2/18)

Blue Ridge Parkway Real Time Road Open-Close Status (this does not necessarily correlate with trail conditions for A.T. sections in the vicinity). Many portions paralleling the A.T. from Rockfish Gap to Roanoke are closed.

Blue Ridge Parkway Facebook Page - Check here for additional updates. A.T. conditions may differ from the nearest parkway conditions. 

McAfee Knob/Roanoke Area - Trail Has Re-Opened; Caution Advised
(Updated 5/16/18) A 19.8-mile section of the Appalachian Trail has re-opened in Central Virginia — from VA 311 (mile 709.4 from Springer Mtn., GA) north to US 220 (mile 729.2 from Springer Mtn., GA). It had previously been closed due to a wildfire on Catawba Mountain. Hikers are advised to use caution due to fire-weakened trees.

Brown Mountain Creek - Temporary Relocation
(4/9/18) A 0.7-mile section of the A.T. has been temporarily relocated due to damage to the lower Brown Mountain Creek bridge. The relocation is blazed and signed at both ends. The relocation is approximately 0.1 shorter, on an old roadbed. The bridge is expected to be replaced in 2020.

Pearisburg/Peters Mountain – Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction
(6/29/18) A.T. hikers should be alert for construction-related activity in the vicinity of Pocahontas Road (mile 640.9) and Symms Gap Meadow (mile 648.3), on Peters Mountain north of Pearisburg, VA. The Appalachian Trail will remain open during construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Parking at the junction of Clendennin Road/Va. 641 and Pocahontas Road (mile 640.8) is more limited than usual, and hikers may be approached by a security guard with information about construction activities. 

Humpback Rocks / Paul Wolfe Shelter - Bear Activity
(Updated 7/3/18) Bear activity has been reported in the vicinity of Humpback Rocks (mile 852.5) and Paul C. Wolfe Shelter (mile 858.0), including an incident in which an animal stole a hiker's food, and an aggressive bear at the Paul C. Wolfe Shelter on 6/30/18. Hikers should exercise extra caution when storing food overnight, keep dogs on leash, and avoid solo hiking and camping if possible in this area.

Pine Swamp Branch Shelter Re-Opened
(7/27/2018) Pine Swamp Branch A.T. (mile 655.8), which had been temporarily closed to overnight use due to multiple standing dead trees caused by gypsy moths, has re-opened, as hazard trees have been removed.

Shenandoah National Park 

Ice Storm Damage
(Updated 11/28/18) In the southern section of the park, numerous downed trees and broken limbs are blocking the Trail or creating overhead hazards in the wake of an ice storm on November 14-15. Many areas of the A.T. in this section are likely to be impassible or hazardous. Long-distance hikers are advised to walk on Skyline Drive instead of the A.T. until further notice.

Hikers are advised to consider alternate sections of the A.T. as hiking and camping conditions can be dangerous. If you are injured, help may not be able to reach you. For more information on the status of Skyline Drive, the Appalachian Trail, and other trails in the park, click here.

Calf Mountain Shelter to Jarman Gap - Temporary Relocation
(Updated 12/10/18) About one mile of the A.T. has been temporarily relocated in the southern section of the park due to construction in a powerline right-of-way. Starting approximately 1/4 mile north of the Calf Mountain Shelter side trail (mile 870.7) and rejoining the A.T. where it crosses dirt Jarmans Gap Road (mile 871.7) this detour uses two dirt roads and is signed at both ends and at several places along its length. Hikers are urged to stay on the detour as a portion of it crosses private property. Hikers may be delayed for up to 15 minutes at both boundaries of the right-of-way corridor for safety reasons during construction activities. The detour is expected to be in place until May of 2019.

Bear Advisory at Huts in the Park
(6/26/18) There has been increased bear activity reported in the park, especially at lean-tos (called "huts" in Shenandoah National Park) with a heightened potential for encounters with wildlife.  Habituated bears have sometimes learned to associate tents and backpacks with food, so if you do stay there, be especially diligent about properly storing food and toiletries with scents, leaving no crumbs or wrappers in your tent or backpack, and do not leave your pack unattended.

Park Facilities
Click here for the Park's facility schedule.
This includes opening and closing dates for lodges, campgrounds, camp stores, waysides (snack bars, limited groceries, souvenirs, and gasoline), and visitor centers.  

Skyline Drive Updates
Skyline Drive is a 2-lane scenic highway following the ridgecrest and traversing the length of the Park. It roughly parallel and frequently crosses the Appalachian Trail. It is open year round; however, the Drive may be temporarily closed on short notice for indefinite periods due to weather related conditions. For the most current Skyline Drive status, call (540) 999-3500, choose Option 1, and then Option 1. Park staff also post opening and closing information on Facebook and Twitter.


Northern Virginia

Tom Floyd Wayside - Bear caution
(8/7/18) A hiker reported a bears approaching the Tom Floyd Wayside shelter (mile 967.9) in late July. Use a bear-resistant canister to store food and smellables, or use the PCT method of hanging food, well away from the shelter. Avoid eating in the shelter and keep a clean camp.

Rod Hollow Shelter - Bear caution
(8/7/18) A hiker reported a bear stealing a food bag off a picnic table in front of the Rod Hollow Shelter (mile 994.4) in late July. A bear-resistant canister was untouched. Use a bear-resistant canister to store food and smellables, or use the PCT method of hanging food, well away from the shelter. Avoid eating in the shelter and keep a clean camp.

Snickers Gap/Va. 7 area parking notice
(4/22/16 - present) Hikers are cautioned against parking on the shoulders of VA 679 if the VA 679 parking lot is full - vehicles parked on either shoulder will be towed. Alternate parking is available nearby at the intersection of VA 7 and VA 601, where a rather large parking lot is located. If your car is towed, contact the Clarke County Communications Center at (540) 955-1234. 


West Virginia

No updates at this time.



Sandy Hook Road Re-Opened Temporarily
(10/26/2018) Sandy Hook Road (which provides access to trailhead parking for the Maryland Heights Trail near the A.T./C&O Towpath Junction across from Harpers Ferry) has re-opened. Debris removal from a landslide that occurred above the road this spring has been completed, but slope stabilization will still be required. People traveling on the road adjacent to the landslide area should exercise caution. More information can be found at

Dahlgren Backpackers Campground—Closed for the season
(12/12/2018)  The Dahlgren Backpackers Campground seasonal bathroom and showers operated by South Mountain Recreation Area are closed for the winter; a portable toilet is in place..

Water source update
(10/6/18) Info on the status of water sources in MD:

All sources are expected to be flowing.

All frost-free spigots on the A.T. in Maryland are operational:

Gathland State Park
Dahlgren Backpacker Campground
Washington Monument State Park

Pen Mar - Parking Pass Available
(Updated 12/12/2018) An advance parking pass is available for overnight parking at PenMar. It is not required, but is strongly recommended for those leaving a vehicle for more than a couple of nights. Here's how to get the pass: 

Click here to email the Washington County Parks and Facilities Department. Be prepared to provide the following information:

(1) make and model of your vehicle.
(2) registered owner's name.
(3) tag information.
(4) dates the vehicle will parked.

You will receive a "Do Not Tow" pass as an attachment that must be printed and posted in your vehicle so local police will know that the vehicle has been registered. For more information, call (240) 313-2700 Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (reduced hours during winter months).



1/2 Mile North of PA 225 - Possible Short-Term Delays during Construction Activity
 PPL will be conducting a construction project to upgrade their Sunbury-Dauphin electric transmission line which crosses the Appalachian Trail approximately 1/2 mile north of PA Route 225 (at approximately mile 1157.0). Construction will take place between November 5 and December 31, 2018. Hikers will be able to pass through the construction area with either no or only minor delays of approximately 15 minutes. If hiking through the area, please follow the directions of onsite personnel and/or signs and stay on the Trail.  

Scott Farm Water Source No Longer Available
Due to an unrepairable leak, the hydrant at the ATC Scott Farm Trail Work Center, adjacent to the Conodoguinet Creek Bridge (mile 1133.0) has been shut off and no public drinking water at this location is available.  

Caledonia State Park - Flood Damage
The footpath along Conococheague Creek was damaged by recent flooding and is currently closed. Please follow the marked detour. 

Swatara State Park closures
(Updated 10/22/18
While some trails remain closed due to recent storm damage, portions of Swatara State Park have re-opened. 
Long-distance hikers should be able to follow the A.T. through the park. For more information, click here.

Rausch Gap Area - Beaver Activity Flooding

The footpath approximately 9/10 of a mile north of Rausch Gap Shelter has flooded due to beaver activity on Haystack Creek. About 150 feet are under water - hikers should expect to wade here for the foreseeable future.

A.T. Midpoint (approx.)—Dead Woman's Hollow Prescribed Burn and Temporary Reroute Pending
(Updated 5/8/18) The A.T. north of Dead Woman’s Hollow Road may be rerouted during fall of 2018 for short durations during prescribed fire operations. Hikers should observe signage and follow any re-routes as directed and be aware that conditions may be very smoky. The PA Bureau of Forestry (PA BOF) in cooperation with ATC, PATC and the Western PA Conservancy, are conducting a 500+ acre project aimed at restoring a Scrub Oak/Pitch Pine Barrens ecosystem within the Big Pine Flats eco-region. The project began in the spring of 2016 and includes approximately 2 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) and its associated corridor in Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest near Dead Woman’s Hollow Road. This area is a critical reference site for pitch pine/scrub oak habitat. It will be treated using prescribed burning, a commercial timber sale, and mechanical mowing of the forest understory and some portion of the overstory tree layers. For more info, contact: Roy Brubaker, District Forester, Michaux State Forest, (717) 352-2211.

Pine Grove General Store Closed for the season
(11/9/18) The store, located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, has closed for until next spring.

Pine Grove Furnace State Park—Ironmaster's Mansion
(11/9/18) Ironmaster's Mansion (hostel) is closed on Tuesdays, and during special events; dates the facility is closed are posted on the website.

Water source update
(5/31/18) Info on the status of water sources in PA:

Water is expected to be flowing well at most sources.

Port Clinton—Trailhead parking closure
(8/16/16 - present) The parking lot at the corner of Blue Mountain Road and PA 61—on PA Game Commission property—is no longer available for access to the A.T. It is blocked and signed 'No Parking.' A nearby parking lot directly off PA 61 on Park Service Lands remains a viable option.

Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Parking rules
(4/26/16-present) Pine Grove Furnace State Park requires that hikers check in with the park office before leaving a vehicle in the park and that vehicles be left for no more than one week. 

Caledonia State Park – Parking rules
(4/26/16-present) Caledonia State Park now requests that those parking overnight at the parking area on Rt. 30 register at the park office. For more information, contact the park at (717) 352-2161.  

Lehigh Gap to Little Gap – CAUTION - Remedial activities in progress
(4/9/15-present) Remedial activities associated with the revegetation of Blue Mountain are currently being conducted near the A.T. between Lehigh Gap and Little Gap as part of the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site. The Appalachian Trail and blue-blaze Winter Trail will remain open during these activities. Occasional truck traffic will occur on the administrative access road that parallels the A.T. Hikers are advised to stay on the A.T. and not use the road. 

Pennsylvania Game Commission
(1/7/16-present) Fluorescent Orange Requirement Nov. 15 - Dec 15: On state game lands in Pennsylvania (much of the A.T. between the Susquehanna River and Delaware Water Gap--roughly the northern 2/3 of the state), all hunters and non-hunters are required to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined, or a fluorescent orange hat, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 (except on Sundays). The orange material must be visible from all angles (360 degrees). For more information about hunting safety along the A.T. visit  

Camping Regulations: Only thru-hikers (defined as those "walking the Appalachian Trail from point of beginning to an exit, which is not the place of beginning") may camp on Pennsylvania Game Commission lands, and these hikers must camp within 200 ft of A.T. and at least 500 ft from a spring, stream or public access area.  


New Jersey

High Point Shelter - Closed for Repairs
(10/4/18) The High Point Shelter (mile 1339.1) will be closed as soon as an extended period of dry weather is forecast so that repairs can be made. However, while the repairs are taking place, the area around the shelter will be available for overnight use.

Worthington SF/Delaware Water Gap NRA - no A.T. access at Kaiser Road (from east side of ridge) Sept-Dec.
(6/19/18) Public access to recreation facilities at the Yards Creek Pumped Storage Hydroelectric facility will be closed from September to December 2018 for construction activities. Access to the Kaiser Road Trail (approx. mile 1303.3) on the east side of the Kittatinny Ridge will be unavailable during this closure. Access to the Appalachian Trail and other side trails to the A.T., including the Kaiser Road Trail from Old Mine Road on the west side of the ridge, are not affected by this closure.

Water source update
(11/9/2018) Info on the status of water sources in the NJ state:

Water sources flowing well.

Vernon - Rt. 517
(5/6/16 to present) Hikers are urged to obey the No Parking signs on Rt. 517. Parking along 517 is very limited and cars parked in the No Parking zone have been ticketed recently.


New York

Bear Mountain – Relocation Complete
(11/9/2018) This remarkable 12+ year long trail design and construction project is finally done.  Over 3,000 volunteers helped with the project by contributing 85,000 hours. The Trail at Bear Mountain transformed from a wide, eroded and overused footpath into a sustainable ascent, including 1,298 steps (not including base steps).  

Fingerboard Shelter - Bear Warning (Harriman State Park)
(7/3/2018) Multiple reports (almost daily) of bears taking hikers' food bag at the Fingerboard Shelter (mile 1389.4 miles north of Springer). A bear canister is recommended as the best method of protecting food and keeping bears and hikers safe anywhere along the Appalachian Trail. Alternatively, food bags and smellables should be hung 12 feet from the ground, 6 feet from the trunk, and 6 feet from the limb from which it hangs, using the "PCT Method."
Fahnestock State Park - Camping update
(4/17/2018) The park campground will be closed during 2018 while a new water system is installed, but accommodation will be made for A.T. hikers to camp near the concession stand at the beach at the north end of Canopus Lake. A blue-blazed side trail about 1 3/4 mile north of the A.T. crossing of NY 301 will direct hikers to the designated tenting area. The beach, restrooms, and showers will all be open. Snack bar has limited hours and won’t open until summer.

Shenandoah Tenting Area Alert - Water source contaminated (Pump Closed)
(11/3/2017 to present) Hikers should not drink the water at the Shenandoah Tenting Area Well (at mile 1427.7 north of Springer Mountain, Georgia). Recent testing has indicated microbial contamination of the water supply. Bacteria, viruses, and parasites may be present which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. People with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, infants, young children, and older adults are at increased risk of illness. To protect the health and safety of Trail visitors, the pump and well have been shut off. The closure will last until appropriate corrective measures can be taken.



Ct. 55 - Vandalism report
(12/4/2018) A car break-in was reported at the trailhead parking area at Ct. 55 (mile 1,457.6) around 11/10/2018.

Water source update
Info on the status of water sources in CT:

Refer to AT Water Availability in Connecticut page by Appalachian Mountain Club Connecticut Chapter.

River Road in Kent - Seasonal closure to vehicular traffic
(5/21/2018) River Road in Kent, CT (trail north of Saint John's Ledges Parking) is closed to vehicular traffic from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. Minimal parking is available at Saint John's Ledges parking area. The A.T. remains open as usual for foot travel only.



Shaker Campsite—regular bear activity
(8/13/18) The Shaker Campsite (mile 153.3 north of Springer) sees regular bear activity. The bears have not been aggressive, but are not frightened away by human activity. Hikers are advised to immediately place their food and other odoriferous items into the bear box at the campsite upon arrival, and to prepare and cook food away from their tents.



Avoid hiking in Vermont during Mud Season (April and in 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.

Kid Gore Shelter, Story Spring Shelter—bear activity
(06/29/17) In several incidents at Kid Gore (1625.0 miles north of Springer) and Story Spring (1629.6 miles north of Springer) Shelters, a bear has pulled down hiker food bags that were accessible as well as entered the shelter to get food bags hung there. Hikers using these sites are urged to hang food and other odor items (including cookware and cosmetics) out of the reach of these animals. The "PCT Method" is recommended as the most effective approach to hang your food. Bear canisters are the most effective approach to protecting bears from your food. Signs have been posted at these overnight sites informing hikers of the bear activity.


New Hampshire

AMC Thru-Hiker Pass (providing discounts on A.T. campsites)
(05/23/17) A new program was introduced by the Appalachian Mountain Club for the 2017 season. Any A.T. thru-hiker or section-hiker who pays for one night at a fee campsite ($10) along the A.T. in the White Mountains is eligible for this pass, which is good for 2 weeks. It provides a 50% discount at any of the other 8 A.T. fee campsites through the White Mountains, and some other perks. More info can be found here.

The A.T. across the southern Presidential in the White Mountains is co-aligned with the Crawford Path from M. Pierce to Mt. Washington. Originally constructed in 1819, The Crawford Path is the oldest continuously maintained footpath in America and will be recognized in 2019 at its 200 anniversary. In preparation for this milestone, the Crawford Path will be undergoing major repairs during the 2018 hiking season and the section between the north and south junctions with the Mount Monroe Loop trail. Fortunately, the adjacent blue-blazed Mount Monroe loop by-passes the closed section of the A.T./Crawford Path is about the same length at just 0.1 mile longer. (total length 0.8 mile). The Mount Monroe loop is more exposed than the A.T. and includes an additional 350 feet of elevation gain.



Appalachian Trail Visitor Center in Monson, ME
(Updated 7/30/18) Everyone is welcome. Long-distance hikers are able to obtain information about the 2018 Baxter State Park hiker permit. Staff are available to help plan logistics for the 100 Mile Wilderness and Katahdin. Trail conditions posted daily. Community and day hike information also available.

Hours: 8-11, 1-5 every day (June 6 to Oct 14)
Address: 6 Tenney Hill, Monson, ME 04464
Phone: (207) 573-0163  (active as of June 6)
Email: [email protected]

If visiting in person, note that the visitor center
is located in the Monson Historical Society
building on the town’s main street
(Route 6/15).


Baxter State Park

(Updated 7/30/18) 2018 Appalachian Trail Long Distance Hiker Permit: A free A.T. long distance hiker permit will be required of all long distance A.T. hikers: Northbound Thru-Hikers (Nobos), Southbound Thru-Hikers (Sobos), Flip-Flop Thru-Hikers and Section-hikers.

Long distance A.T. hikers must obtain a permit card in person at Baxter State Park Headquarters or Katahdin Stream Campground when the A.T. (Hunt Trail) opens for hiking. Once hikers obtain a permit card they will need to have it stamped at the Katahdin Stream Ranger Station.

The number of AT-Hiker Permit Cards for 2018 are limited by a Baxter State Park quota: 3150 A.T. hikers. If all available permit cards have been issued for 2018, "The Birches" long distance hiker campsite will close for the year. Hikers may complete their hike by obtaining a Day Use Parking Reservation (DUPR) or campground reservation (cannot be processed via smartphone) and enter the Park through the Togue Pond Gate.

For more information, please visit the Baxter State Park webpage or refer to their recent announcement

Hikers staying overnight within the park boundary must camp at designated sites; reservations are necessary for overnight sites for all hikers except those who have arrived on foot walking more than 100 miles. (Southbound thru-hikers should plan on making reservations for at least the night following their climb of Katahdin, and possibly the night before). All overnight hikers must pay a camping fee whether a reservation is obtained in advance or not. For more information about camping in the park and climbing Katahdin, visit and the Baxter State Park Facebook page.


Kennebec Ferry Service
(4/25/18) The Kennebec River is the most formidable unbridged crossing along the entire A.T. Do not attempt to ford the river. Please use the ferry service. 2018 Kennebec Ferry schedule

Water source update
(11/9/2018) Water sources associated with the following landmarks have been reported dry

Unknown at this time

Access to Mt. Abraham - The Rapid Stream road damaged
(unknown date-present) It is being repaired only to the last house which is 3 miles short of the trailhead.