Ice Storm Damage Report*
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. Be prepared for your travel to be much slower than normal, or to have to backtrack. Assessments are being conducted and in some areas may take a week or more to complete before trail maintainers can start to clear damage.
826.7 Cash Hollow Road – Large Blowdowns in both directions (trail club report 11/20/18)
750.8 - Bearwallow Gap, Va. 43; BRP mp 90.9 - Heavy damage in both directions (trail club report 11/20/18)
781.1-783.8 Sulphur Spring Trail (north junction) to Matt’s Creek Shelter – partially cleared (trail club report 11/20/18)
787.7 - 790,8 John’s Hollow to Rocky Row - Little or no damage (hiker report 11/20/18)
790.8 - 794.9 Rocky Row to Bluff Mountain - Extensive damage (hiker report 11/20/18)
794.9 - 796.5 - Bluff Mountain to Punchbowl Shelter – cleared (trail club report 11/20/18)
811.6 - 814.1 Cow Camp Gap to Hog Camp Gap – No Damage (trail club report 11/20/18)
814.1 - 816.3 Hog Camp Gap to Salt Log Gap – Cleared (trail club report 11/20/18)
843.9 - 863.0 Reids Gap – Rockfish Gap Extensive damage (hiker report 11/20/18)
*Areas with no reports may have damage
Blue Ridge Parkway Real Time Road Open-Close Status
(this does not necessarily correlate with trail conditions for A.T. sections in the vicinity)
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
(11/20/18) 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. Be prepared for your travel to be much slower than normal, or to have to backtrack. Assessments are being conducted and in some areas may take a week or more to complete before trail maintainers can start to clear damage.
All of Skyline Drive was closed following the storm; the northern and central sections both had opened as of 11/20, but Swift Run Gap to Rockfish Gap remains closed.
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.
(1/7/18) Click here for the Park's 2018 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
(1/1/15-present) 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.