Trail-Related Closures Due to COVID-19

(Updated 7 p.m. MT, March 30) The Trek is committed to providing the latest news on trail-related closures, postponements, and cancellations due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you know of any closures or cancellations not on the list below, please let us know by emailing the name of the event, business or service; effective dates of closure; and a link to a source for the information to [email protected].

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Appalachian Trail

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 while on the AT, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy requests that you submit an incident report at appalachiantrail.org/incidents detailing when you got sick, when and where you got off the trail and any other helpful information. The ATC has also created a list of closings along the AT that can be found here.

 

What: Chica and Sunsets Hostel, Franklin, Tennessee
When: Closed indefinitely
Source: Chica & Sunsets Hostel
As of: 3/20
Notes: “We will follow the ATC guidelines and make a wise, informed decision on when we can safely reopen.”

What: Appalachian Trail Days canceled
When: As of March 20
Source: ATC
As of: 3/20

What: National Park Service closes overnight shelters and privies on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office. The closures are in Virginia (10 shelters, 12 privies), Maryland (one shelter, two privies), Pennsylvania (eight shelters, six privies), New Jersey (one shelter, one privy), New York (five shelters, five privies), Connecticut (seven shelters, 16 privies), Massachusetts (one shelter, four privies), and Maine (22 shelters, 29 privies).
When:Effective immediately
Source: National Park Service
As of: 3/28

What: Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina, and the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee temporarily close  trailhead facilities and other access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. the following areas are affected: Wayah Bald, Nantahala National Forest; Cheoah Bald, Nantahala National Forest; Hampton and Dennis Cove Trailheads (Laurel Falls), Cherokee National Forest; Osborne Farm, Cherokee National Forest; Max Patch, Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests; Roan Mountain/Carvers Gap, Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests; Lovers Leap, Pisgah National Forest.
When: Until further notice
Source: US Forest Service
As of: 3/30

What: Shelters and camping areas on AT in Maryland closed
When: Closed until May 11, might be extended
Source: ATC, Maryland Park Service
As of: 3/20

What: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests temporarily closes Appalachian Trail trailhead facilities and other access points to the AT and nearby trails.
Source: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
As of: March 27
Notes: Trailheads include Dicks Creek Gap, Hogpen Gap, Neel. Gap, Springer Mountain, Tesnatee Gap, Unicoi Gap, and Woody Gap. Trails included Andrews Cove Trail, Benton MacKaye Trail (Springer Mountain to Falls Branch Falls section), Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Trail, Dukes Creek Falls Trails, Duncan Ridge Trail, Dockery Lake Trail, Freeman Trail, Jacks Knob Trail, Jarrard Gap Trail, Logan Turnpike Trail, Long Creek Falls Trail, Panther Creek Falls Trail, Slaughter Creek Trail, Springer Mountain Trail, Raven Cliffs Falls Trail, and Yonah Mountain Trail.

What: Shelters and privies in New Jersey closed, overnight camping discouraged
When: Closed until further notice
Source: ATC
As of: 3/20
Notes: Overnight camping is discouraged, though still allowed around the shelter; social distancing should be practiced and hikers should dig catholes more than 200 feet from water sources and campsites to bury human (and pet) waste. Camping in areas other than those designated by signs is also prohibited; campfires are also prohibited. The trail remains open.

What: AT shelters on Pennsylvania DCNR lands closed until further notice, including Deer Lick Shelter, Tumbling Run Shelter, Rocky Mountain Shelter, Quarry Gap Shelter, Birch Run Shelter, Toms Run Shelter, James Fry at Tagg Run, Eagles Nest Shelter,  Leroy Smith Shelter, and Kirkridge Shelter.
When: Until further notice
Source: ATC
As of: 3/26

What: AT shelters, campsites, and privies on Massachusetts Forest and Park lands temporarily closed. Camping is also prohibited outside of these areas along the AT in Massachusetts. Hikers should postpone or cancel any overnight hiking plans for all 90 miles of the AT in Massachusetts.
When: Until further notice
Source: ATC
As of: 3/26

What: Pochuck Boardwalk on the Appalachian Trail in Vernon, a 1-mile section off Route 517 in Glenwood, is closed. This trail’s boardwalk and bridge are too narrow for visitors to maintain the required six feet of social distancing. There is no parking allowed on Route 517 adjacent to the boardwalk. The remaining 19 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Wawayanda State Park remain open. The Appalachian Trail and other trails can still be accessed from other parking lots in Wawayanda State Park.
When: Closed until further notice
Source: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
As of: 3/30

What: Pine Grove Furnace General Store
When: Closed until further notice
Source: Michelle Michael, Owner-Operator
As of: 3/19

What: Uncle Johnny’s Nolichucky Hostel and Outfitters closed
When: Until May 1. Will evaluate then what to do.
Source: Uncle Johnny’s Facebook page
As of: 3/30

What: Laughing Heart Hostel is closed until further notice. The Lodge is still open and packages will be held there.
When: Until further notice
Source: ATC
As of: 3/17

What: Mountain Trails Basecamp thru-hiker facility in Front Royal, Virginia.
Status: Closed until further notice
When: Starting March 17
Source: Mountain Trails Facebook page
As of: 3/17

What: Appalachian Trail Conservancy asks thru-hikers and section hikers to postpone their Appalachian Trail hikes, get off trail. All ATC visitors centers closed until further notice, and ridgerunners and caretakers have been recalled from the AT.
When: Starting March 17
Source: The Trek
As of: 3/17

What: Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed the park, including trails,  until April 6. Park rangers are answering questions during business hours by phone at 865-436-1291 (TN), 828-506-8620 (NC), and by email at [email protected]
When: March 24
Source: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
As of: 3/24

What: Fontana Hilton Shelter closed
When: March 25
Source: ATC
As of: 3/25

What: Shenandoah National Park. All backcountry camping, including Appalachian Trail huts, cabins, and shelters closed.
When: March 26
Source: Shenandoah National Park
As of: 3/26

What: North Carolina closes restaurants and bars except for takeout and delivery.  State parks closed.
When: March 17
Source: The News & Observer
As of: 3/30

What: All Maryland bars, restaurants, and theaters closed for dining in until further notice. Carryout, delivery, and drive-through options are still available. Essential services such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open.
When: March 16
Source: Governor of Maryland Press Conference
As of: 3/17

What: Appalachian Mountain Club facilities
Notes: The AMC has temporarily closing all lodging—including the White Mountain huts—and food service facilities, and suspended all in-person staff and volunteer-led programming.
When: Closed until April 30.
Source: Appalachian Mountain Club Announcement
As of: 3/16

What: TrailFest, Hot Springs, North Carolina
Notes: Annual TrailFest canceled.
When: April 17-19
Source: Kate Hubbard, TrailFest Committee Chair 2020
As of: 3/17

What: Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn, Hot Springs, North Carolina
Status: Closed until further notice
Source: Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn, (828) 622-7206
Notes: “If you have sent a resupply package to us it will still be available for pickup at the Hot Springs Post Office, which is located in the center of town. We hope to reopen as soon as possible and wish everyone the best in the meantime.”
As of: 3/15

What: Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Status: Closed until further notice
Source: ATC announcement
As of: 3/14

What: 2020 Flip Flop Festival, Harpers Ferry
Status: Canceled
Source: ATC announcement
As of: 3/14

What: Nature’s Inn Hostel, Flag Pond, Tennessee
Status: Closed through 2020 hiking season
Source: Message at hostel, 828-216-1611
As of: 3/14

What: The Place Hostel, Damascus, Virginia
Status: Closed until at least March 27.
Source: The Place Facebook page
As of: 3/13

What: Sufi Lodge, Troutdale,  Virginia
Status: Closed until April 15.
Source: Sufi Lodge
As of: 3/16

What: Nantahala Outdoor Center
Status: Nantahala General Store will remain open for thru-hiker resupply, mail drops, and emergency support. NOC restaurants, lodging, and the outfitter’s store will be closed until April 16.
Source: Nantahala Outdoor Center
As of: 3/30

What: The Notch Hostel, North Woodstock, New Hampshire
Status: Closed until May 1.
Source: The Notch
As of: 3/16

What: Grateful Hiker hostel, Blairsville, Georgia
Status: Closed until further notice
Source: Grateful Hiker Facebook page
As of: 3/25

What: Baxter State Park offices and headquarters closed. Park ended winter camping season on March 19, with camping not permitted until start of summer season. Katahdin and Travelers trails closed at trailheads. Reservations can be made online or by calling (207) 723-5140
When: Offices, headquarters closed until further notice
Source: https://baxterstatepark.org/news/
As of: 3/19

What: Massachusetts. Restaurants, bars closed; takeout and delivery available. All travelers from out of state asked to self-quarantine for two weeks.
When: Until April 6.
Source:  Boston Globe
As of: 3/30

What: Pennsylvania governor orders all businesses not deemed essential to close. Grocery stores will remain open. Restaurants open only for takeout service.
When: Until further notice.
Source:  Lehigh Valley Live
As of: 3/20

What: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York bars and restaurants closed; takeout and delivery available. New Jersey imposes voluntary curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for nonessential travel. Nonessential businesses in New York and Connecticut closed.
When: Until further notice.
Source:  Hartford Courant
As of: 3/16

What: Maine closes bars, restaurants. Takeout, delivery, and drive-through allowed.
When: Until March 31
Source:  WGME TV
As of: 3/18

What: Virginia restaurants and bars allowed to serve only ten people at once.  Takeout allowed.
When: Until further notice.
Source:  NBC Washington
As of: 3/18

What: West Virginia restaurants and bars closed; takeout allowed.
When: Until April 2
Source:  WSAZ TV
As of: 3/19

 What: Vermont restaurants and bars closed; takeout allowed.
When: Until April 6
Source:  VTDigger
As of: 3/20

What: New Hampshire restaurants and bars closed; takeout, drive-through, and delivery allowed.
When: Until further notice.
Source:  Concord Monitor
As of: 3/20

What: Georgia restaurants remain open, but governor encourages people to order takeout and delivery. Atlanta restaurants and bars closed; takeout and delivery available.
Source:  Atlanta Eater
As of: 3/20

What: The Green Mountain Club, which maintains the AT in Vermont, asks hikers not to use overnight sites, shelters, or privies until further notice.
Source: Green Mountain Club
As of: 3/23

Pacific Crest Trail

Photo: Effie Drew

 

What: Pacific Crest Trail
Status: The Pacific Crest Trail Association asks thru-hikers to get off trail, and those who have not started to postpone their hikes.
Source: PCTA
As of: 3/19

What: California Gov. Gavin Newsom orders the state’s 40 million residents to stay at home except for essential trips, beginning Thursday, March 19.
Status:
The order is in place until further notice. Essential trips would be to grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.
Source:
New York Times
As of: 3/19

What: Yosemite National Park
Status: Closed Friday until further notice. No entry to the park allowed; will be enforced 24/7.
Source: Yosemite National Park
As of: 3/20

What: Cleveland National Forest
Status: Campgrounds and picnic areas are closed and PCT Developed Camping Permits are no longer being issued. Previously issued PCT Developed Camping Permits for future dates during peak season (now through May 31) are also no longer valid. All section hikers must either start farther north along the PCT (past mile 54) or postpone their section hike that goes through the  District..
Source: PCTA
As of: 3/24

What: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Status: Closed as of March 25.
Source: PCTA
As of: 3/25

What: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Status: Campgrounds, trailheads, and day use areas closed until Sept. 30.
Source: US Forest Service
As of: 3/28

What: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest National Forest
Status: Campgrounds, trailheads, and day use areas temporarily closed.
Source: US Forest Service
As of: 3/28

What: California State Parks
Status: Closed temporarily
Source: California State Parks
As of: 3/29

What: US Forest Service developed recreation areas in California
Status: Campgrounds, day use areas, and picnic areas, excluding trailheads, closed as of March 25. The Forest Service order covers all 18 national forests in California. Forest Service trails remain open unless otherwise closed. PCT hikers are not exempted and must stay out of these recreation sites.
Source: PCTA
As of: 3/25

What: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Status: Closed until further notice.
Source: PCTA
As of: 3/27

What: Crater Lake National Park
Status: Closed until further notice. No entry to the park allowed.
Source: Crater Lake National Park
As of: 3/25

What: Mt. Hood National Forest
Status: Campgrounds, day use sites, trailheads, Sno-Parks, fire lookouts, OHV areas, and other developed recreation closed until further notice.
Source: US Forest Service
As of: 3/28

What: Vasquez Rocks Natural Area
Status: Closed
Source: PCTA
As of: 3/28

What: Pacific Crest Trail Association Annual Membership Meeting
Status: Canceled
Source: PCTA
As of: 3/13

What: The Columbia-Cascades Trail Skills College
Status: Canceled
Source: PCTA
As of: 3/13

What: All PCTA volunteer trail work
Status: Canceled until at least May 1
Source: PCTA
As of: 3/13

What: All PCTA in-person meetings and training sessions
Status: Canceled until at least May 1
Source: PCTA
As of: 3/13

What: Scout and Frodo Hosting
When: Canceled all hosting for 2020
Source: Scout and Frodo’s Website
Notes: “We have made the difficult (actually gut-wrenching) decision that we will not host PCT hikers in San Diego this year…If you have a package at our house, you should receive an email from us very soon…We hope that, wherever you are and whatever you choose to do over the next weeks and months, each of you will make wise decisions and stay safe. Warm virtual hugs to you all.”
As of: 3/16

What: The Washington Trails Association, Washington State’s largest volunteer trail maintenance organization, recommends that thru-hikers put their PCT plans on hold for 2020.
Source: Washington Trails Association
As of: 3/19

What: Washington State. Restaurants closed; takeout and delivery available.
Status: Until March 31.
Source: Seattle Times
As of: 3/16

What: Oregon restaurants closed; takeout and delivery available.
Status: Until April 14
Source: Oregon Live
As of: 3/16

What: Holden Village is closed to all guests and visitors.
When: Through April 30
Source: Statement from the Holden Village Executive Directors
As of: 3/17

What: Big Bear Hostel, Big Bear Lake, California, closed.
When: Until further notice.
Source: Big Bear Hostel
As of: 3/20

Continental Divide Trail

Photo: Pilar Schmidt

What: All bars and restaurants in Montana closed at least until 4/10
Source: CDTC
As of: 3/25

What: Rocky Mountain National Park closed until further notice
Source: CDTC
As of: 3/25

What: Glacier National Park closed to all visitors until further notice
Source: Glacier National Park 
As of: 3/29

What: Stay-at-home order for all of New Mexico
Notes: Bathrooms, picnic areas, campgrounds, and other developed recreation sites managed by the U.S. Forest Service are closed in many areas of New Mexico until further notice.
Source:
CDTC
As of: 3/25

What: CDTC recommends postponing any plans to travel to the CDT.
Notes:  “The CDC is currently recommending that all Americans avoid discretionary travel. If the CDT passes through or within a short distance of your community, and local trail conditions and your own skill set are such that you can safely access the trail, it continues to be a great place to practice social distancing, enjoy our public lands, and get some exercise and fresh air. Otherwise, we urge you to stay home and enjoy your local trails and outdoor spaces.”
Source: CDTC
As of: 3/17

What: CDTC Southern Terminus Shuttle canceled until April 17.
Notes: “CDTC will continue to urge all CDT users to follow all guidance from the CDC and state and local public health departments along the CDT. Please note that if the current CDC and NMDOH orders are extended, and/or new, more restrictive guidelines are put into place, we may have to cancel the Southern Terminus Shuttle for all spring 2020 dates.”
Source: CDTC
As of: 3/17

What: Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks closed to all visitor access.
Status: Until further notice
Source: Yellowstone Facebook page
As of: 3/25

What: New Mexico asks all out-of-state visitors to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in New Mexico. Restaurants and bars closed; takeout and drive-through service allowed.
When: Until April 9
Source: New Mexico Department of Health
As of: 3/17

What: Colorado bars, restaurants, and theaters closed for dining in for 30 days. Carryout, delivery, and drive-through service still available. Essential services such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open.
When: Until April 16
Source: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
As of: 3/17

What: Summit County, Colorado
Status: Travel not recommended in or out
Notes: “People who are not in Summit County should not plan to come into the county;” travel in and out is recommended “only if absolutely necessary.” The CDT traverses Summit County from Kokomo Pass to the summit of Grays Peak.
Source: Summit County
As of: 3/16

What: Gunnison County, Colorado
Status: Travel not recommended in or out; all short-term lodging, public transportation, and any gathering of more than 10 people closed/prohibited.
Notes: “Visitors to Gunnison County are directed to return home immediately upon issuance of this order by the fastest and safest available means, and persons considering visiting Gunnison County should remain home.” The CDT enters Gunnison County from the south at Mount Ouray, just east of the town of Sargents, and exits near the Three Apostles Mountains.
Source: Gunnison County
As of: 3/16

What: Trail Days, Silver City, New Mexico
Status: “Will not proceed as planned.”
Source: Continental Divide Trail Coalition website
As of: 3/14
Notes: “We are investigating options to host some of our planned speakers online, and if conditions have significantly improved, we may host a small celebration of some sort in Silver City during the originally scheduled dates for Trail Days (April 24-26). All updates will be posted to our social media channels and to the Trail Days webpage.”

What: Triple Crown Hostel, Silver City, NM
Status: Closed until further notice
Source: Triple Crown Hostel
As of: 3/17

Long Trail

What: All Green Mountain Club organized in-person events have been canceled for the remainder of March and for the month of April. This includes all in-person presentations, workshops, and outings. Rental camps closed until May 1. GMC asks hikers not to use overnight sites, shelters, or privies until further notice.
Source: Green Mountain Club’s announcement
As of: 3/23

What: Green Mountain Club’s Visitor Center in Waterbury Center, Vermont, will be closed until further notice. Visitor Center staff will still be available by phone or email to answer hiking questions.  Call (802) 244-7037 or email [email protected].
Source: Green Mountain Club’s Announcement
As of: 3/13

Arizona Trail

What: The Arizona Trail Association is encouraging at-risk individuals to postpone hiking the trail at this time and that those who are heading to trail must be prepared to self-quarantine in a private hotel room for at least two weeks if they begin to develop symptoms.
Source: Arizona Trail Association Announcement
As of: 3/16

NYNJ Trail Conference

What: All NYNJ Trail Conference gatherings and meetings have been canceled or postponed. This includes trail maintenance activities, details of which can be found on their events calendar The headquarters and store remain open.
Source: https://www.nynjtc.org/news/trail-conferences-response-covid19
As of: 3/15

Florida Trail

What: The Florida Trail Association asks thru-hikers, day hikers, and section hikers to stop using the trail.
Notes: All in-person events canceled or postponed, including but not limited to activity hikes, trail maintenance, chapter meetings, and other meetings, until May 1. The FTA’s offices in Gainesville are closed until further notice.
Source: Florida Trail Association
As of: 3/24

Feature image via Pilar Schmidt

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Comments 4

  • Crispy : Mar 17th

    The southern terminus for the cdt has shut down till April 16

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