Trail Updates
 December 21, 2019
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Footbridge Closure
The Goodloe Byron Memorial Footbridge over the Potomac River is closed until further notice due to a train derailment early Saturday morning. Hikers with immediate need for transport between Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and Weverton Road, Maryland should arrange for shuttles; information about available options can be found at

Read Washington Post Story (2/21/2020) Here
 December 20, 2019
Lehigh Furnace Gap to Little Gap - A.T. Relocation
 A short section of the planned relocation of the A.T. through the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site has been opened for public use. This section is on the east (trail north) side of Lehigh Gap, above the parking lot and below the climb through the rock fall. Additional segments will be opened in the coming years, so hikers should pay careful attention to following blazing and any signage.
 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.

 Spring 2019

Tuscarora Trail Storm Damage

The Tuscarora trail through Tuscarora State Forest suffered extensive storm damage this spring.  It may take a year to completely clear the damage.

 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!