The Appalachian Trail Will Remain Accessible During Dec. 2018 Government Shutdown

Date Published: Dec 22, 2018

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Will Remain Accessible During Dec. 2018 Government Shutdown

“As with the government shutdowns earlier this year, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) will remain accessible to the public across the approximately 700 miles managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and over 800 miles managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). A.T. visitors will be able to access and hike on the Trail itself, but no visitor services, maintenance or other management activities will be conducted, and emergency and rescue services will be limited. Accessing NPS and USFS property during this federal government shutdown will be at the visitor’s sole risk.

All NPS and USFS volunteer programs are once again suspended. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will not be able to engage with volunteers in activities on the Trail, Trail facilities or Trail lands. As another busy hiking season draws near, this will severely impact our ability to adequately maintain the A.T., as our volunteers provide the majority of repairs and upgrades to the 2,192-mile footpath and its surrounding lands.

This shutdown reminds Americans once again of the value of our National Parks and the negative effects even short periods of downtime can have on our abilities to maintain them. We urge Congress and the federal government to work together in the best interests of the country and to re-open full access to the A.T. and all of its facilities promptly.

For more information on the shutdown’s effects on the A.T., visit"

Media Contact: Jordan Bowman
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.885.0794
Email: [email protected]