According to the official Appalachian Trail Conference, “Two hurricanes in early September caused significant damage in some areas, including flooding and washed-out bridges and boardwalks. The most significant impacts were reported in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont (where some areas are still closed), and Maine. Low-lying areas were hit hardest, and road access has been affected in some areas. Some temporary re-routes may be required. Carrying a map and compass is strongly recommended.”
This along with other recent news was recently reported on the ATC website. The Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) re-opened many sections of the 150 miles of the A.T. in Vermont September 16th. However, in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, there are still areas that are closed; some sustained considerable damage.
Closed sections include:
An 18-mile continuous section:
- 86.8 – 104.2 Vt. 103 (just north of Clarendon Gorge) to US 4 (Killington/Rutland)
- 70.7 Old Job Trail to Old Job Shelter
- 70.9 Big Branch Shelter
- 72.2 Danby-Mt. Tabor Rd. (USFS 10)
- 109.7 – 109.9 Thundering Falls Boardwalk
- 127. 9 – Vt. 12 parking area and A.T. immediately south — bridge is out over Gulf Stream
Numbers above are distances from the Massachusetts/Vermont line. Hikers that are hiking these sections should report any damage to the ATC near them or the AT club for the area they are hiking in. Here is a listing of the maintaining and hiking clubs. If you are hiking one of these closed areas then you can always take an alternate route using a GPS and maps. The ATC says you will still be credited with the 2000 miler patch and thru hiker’s patches if you have to do this.
For more updates on the shape of the trail including all the states and sections of the trail you can use this link and see continuous updates. Also the ATC has a Facebook page where they are keeping hikers current on all the happenings of the Appalachian Trail.