A message to all AT hikers in 2021

Posted by Jeff on Nov 15, 2020 6:37 am in Hiking News | 0 comments | Last change: November 14, 2020

In March 2020, America felt the first effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which would change almost every aspect of our daily lives. Eight months later, COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise and a widely used vaccine or treatment is still not available. We are also adjusting to an ever-changing political, social and economic landscape. In short, the world is one of uncertainty and planning for the future is next to impossible.

This uncertainty extends to the 2021 Appalachian Trail (AT) hiking season. Mandatory or voluntary quarantines are active in several AT countries. Local, state, or federal closings and / or restrictions throughout AT will still be possible for the next year. Trailside companies and service providers continue to do business in 2021.

Hiking the AT in 2021 is likely to remain a logistical challenge, underscored by health and safety risks. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) urges all hikers to stay on-site and exercise caution while there is so much uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, you know that many are planning long-distance travel on the AT in 2021. To ensure the safety and health of hikers on the AT, ask hikers to plan, prepare, and stay informed about:

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