Forest Fire in Shenandoah National Park Closes Section of Appalachian Trail

A forest fire at Rocky Mountain in Shenandoah National Park has resulted in a closure to a section of the Appalachian Trail.

The closure affects miles 892.1 – 897.3 NOBO (1291.8 – 1297.0 SOBO) of the AT.  Hikers should call 540-999-2152 to get information on alternate routes.

UPDATE (4/19): The AT is now closed from Doyles River Overlook to Powell Gap, miles 886.4 – 900.6 NOBO, (miles 1288.5 – 1302.7 SOBO).

The fire, first reported on Saturday, has expanded from 200-acres to more than 500, as of Sunday night according to the Shenandoah National Park Fire Information phone line. Rangers believe that the fire was likely caused by humans.

UPDATE (4/19): The fire has grown to 2,094 acres as of last night, and a Shenandoah National Park fire information representative said that, “it’s definitely bigger now, we’re still waiting on the latest update.”

Related reading: Leave No Trace on the Appalachian Trail

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We encourage all hikers in the area to continue checking the Shenandoah National Park website and Facebook page for updates.


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