STORM DAMAGE IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND
(11/3/2017) Portions of the A.T. in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont may have been impacted by the recent storm that caused widespread damage. No reports have yet come in; agencies and volunteers will be conducting damage assessments as they are able. Until then, trail visitors are advised to use caution in planning hikes, and be prepared to encounter blowdowns or eroded sections of Trail that may slow travel or create hazards. Additional rainfall combined with strong winds may bring down more trees as soils are already saturated; stream crossings may be hazardous or impassible. As always, carry a map and compass in case a section of the trail is impassible or a bridge is washed out, and be ready to turn back. Report any damage to [email protected]il.org.
TRAIL CLOSURE DUE TO FIRE ON KINSMAN RIDGE TRAIL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Updated 11/3/2017) See New Hampshire section below for more information.
(10/4/2017) CAUTION ADVISED IN GEORGIA & NORTH CAROLINA POST HURRICANE IRMA
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 a serious weather event like Irma. 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.
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 (10/7/17)
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) (10/4/17) See GSMNP section, below, for details.
Georgia (8/16/17) See GA section, below, for details.