Trail Updates
September 2020
Toms Run Shelter and Overnight Site Closure, Michaux State Forest
 The entire Toms Run Shelter and overnight use area, located 3.7 miles south of Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Michaux State Forest at mile 1101.1, is closed to all use. The closure is in place for public safety purposes and to allow for tree removal work at the site. The Appalachian Trail footpath remains open for visitors hiking through the area. This closure will remain in place until the work is completed. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October, barring delays due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
July 2020
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Footbridge Open

The Goodloe E. Byron Memorial Pedestrian Walkway (footbridge) across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry is open! Park users are now able to cross between Harpers Ferry and the C&O Canal towpath and Maryland Heights Trail. Please recreate safely and responsibly if you're planning a visit to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Check the park's current conditions page for the latest information:

Read Washington Post Story on train derailment (2/21/2020) Here
 November 13, 2019
Harpers Ferry - Lodging update
Two of three Harpers Ferry area hostels have recently closed. The Teahorse Hostel has closed (except for whole-hostel rental over the holidays) and is for sale; the Hosteling International Harpers Ferry Hostel in Knoxville, Maryland has closed permanently. The Town's Inn hostel option remains available year-round (no advance reservations; beds are on a first-come, first-serve basis at 6 a.m. each day).
Spring 2019

AT Antietem Shelter moved to Tuscarora Trail

The Antietam Shelter, previously on the AT in Pennsylvania, has been disassembled and moved to Cowan's Gap State Park where it will be reassembled to serve hikers on the Tuscarora Trail.  The Antietem Shelter was approximately 11 miles north of the PA State Line.  Tumbling Run Shelters are approximately 1.3 miles north and Deer Lick Run Shelters approximately 2.5 miles south from the previous Antietam Shelter location.

 Pen Mar - Parking Pass Available

 An advance parking pass is available for overnight parking at PenMar. It is not required, but is strongly recommended for those leaving a vehicle for more than a couple of nights. Here's how to get the pass: 

Click here to email the Washington County Parks and Facilities Department. Be prepared to provide the following information:

(1) make and model of your vehicle.
(2) registered owner's name.
(3) tag information.
(4) dates the vehicle will parked.

You will receive a "Do Not Tow" pass as an attachment that must be printed and posted in your vehicle so local police will know that the vehicle has been registered. For more information, call (240) 313-2700 Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (reduced hours during winter months).

Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Parking rules
Pine Grove Furnace State Park requires that hikers check in with the park office before leaving a vehicle in the park and that vehicles be left for no more than one week. 
Caledonia State Park – Parking rules
Caledonia State Park requests that those parking overnight at the parking area on Rt. 30 register at the park office. For more information, contact the park at (717) 352-2161.  
Pennsylvania Game Commission Lands Camping Regulations
Only thru-hikers (defined as those "walking the Appalachian Trail from point of beginning to an exit, which is not the place of beginning") may camp on Pennsylvania Game Commission lands, and these hikers must camp within 200 ft of A.T. and at least 500 ft from a spring, stream or public access area.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Fluorescent Orange Requirement Nov. 15 - Dec 15
On state game lands in Pennsylvania all hunters and non-hunters are required to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined, or a fluorescent orange hat, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 (except on Sundays). The orange material must be visible from all angles (360 degrees). 
 Updates to the Tuscarora Trail North and South Guidebooks

New Tuscarora Trail Signs

The Tuscarora trail is getting new signage!