Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working Service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, the public should follow local area health
orders https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/prevention-tips/, practice Leave No
Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy. All
visitors should plan on following CDC guidance on social distancing, avoid crowded areas, and
seek outdoor recreational opportunities that are close to home. Visitors should plan on carrying
hand sanitizer, as hand-washing facilities are not available on the Trail.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the
spread of infectious diseases.
As our nation continues to confront this unprecedented public health challenge, the safety and
health of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is paramount. Updates about NPS
operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
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