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    My Dad's generation lived through the depression. Millions were drafted for a fight we did not start,including my Dad. 416000 of them never came home. Those that stayed here lived with rationing and shortages of everything,doing jobs they had to,for the greater good. And it is asking too much of this generation to simply not go hiking? Really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_rob View Post
    Just a quick editorial comment: The effect of COVID-19 on our hiking plans this year HAS to be the ultimate definition of a "first world, white people problem". BIG deal that we have to postpone our long distance hiking plans! BFD.
    This puts the LD hiking issue into pretty clear perspective against what is happening. I wonder if we will hear of any planned "hiker feeds" being changed to help small communities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveler View Post
    This puts the LD hiking issue into pretty clear perspective against what is happening. I wonder if we will hear of any planned "hiker feeds" being changed to help small communities.
    I'll settle for they just quit doing hiker feeds for now.

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    Default AT trailheads in Georgia Closed

    Hope this is not a duplicate...but I just received an email from the USFS that all AT trailheads in Georgia are now closed.

    Here is a link:

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/conf/...d=FSEPRD716965



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    Well, that's that then. I noticed there's no anticipated ending date to this, so my plans for GA this season seem to be fully and finally ended. As I suspected.
    ...the maddest of all is to see life as it is, and not as it should be. Cervantes

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    I saw that and contacted them for a date. All they could say is "Until further notice, will reopen once its deemed safe to." I was planning on hiking May 11-17, but I too am gonna scrap it this year.

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    Next year the AT is going to be totally overrun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoph View Post
    Next year the AT is going to be totally overrun.
    That might be the case. And if little or no mantianace is done this year - removing blow downs, kicking sticks off the trail, cleaning water bars and the like, it could be quite the jungle too.
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    In the interim, the shelter mice may all starve to death!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mockernut View Post
    In the interim, the shelter mice may all starve to death!

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    Ok that's it I can't take anymore , y'all get back out there and feed them mice and the mice can feed the snakes...........(ripple effect)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoph View Post
    Next year the AT is going to be totally overrun.
    It's going to be a nightmare. The PCT as well.

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    In NC/TN, the Cherokee Nat'l Forest closed all buildings and campgrounds through May 15 at least. Use of AT shelters is "discouraged". No language about hiking or backcountry camping:

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...eprd714556.pdf
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    Can somebody help me parse out and understand the details of this particular USFS closure notice? The notice says that specific "trailheads" are closed and that specific side trails to the AT are closed. It does not say that the AT itself is closed. Therefore, I would assume that the AT itself is in fact still open.

    So...without getting into the "should you or shouldn't you" debate...can anybody explain why the USFS has made this particular distinction and what the actual impact is on the ground? Based on that release I would believe that I could still hike on the AT. Further, if the specific access site was closed and I needed to cross it, I could go 100' feet off trail (complying with backcountry travel rules) walk around the closed trailhead, and get back on the AT. Is this correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrecks View Post
    Can somebody help me parse out and understand the details of this particular USFS closure notice? The notice says that specific "trailheads" are closed and that specific side trails to the AT are closed. It does not say that the AT itself is closed. Therefore, I would assume that the AT itself is in fact still open.

    So...without getting into the "should you or shouldn't you" debate...can anybody explain why the USFS has made this particular distinction and what the actual impact is on the ground? Based on that release I would believe that I could still hike on the AT. Further, if the specific access site was closed and I needed to cross it, I could go 100' feet off trail (complying with backcountry travel rules) walk around the closed trailhead, and get back on the AT. Is this correct?
    The notice does say that the trail itself remains open, but shelters are "discouraged". Discouraged means don't press your luck - avoid them.
    Boat launches, most trailheads, and the general forest area, including trails and river corridors,will remain open to hiking, biking, boating, dispersed camping, hunting, fishing, etc."

    Specific ways of accessing the trail are not open. They are closing areas where people typically converge/congregate. Your interpretation seems reasonable. But be advised that things can change. More closures could come at any time, and without prior notice. If a Ranger tells you "No", probably not best to argue with a guy/gal with a badge and gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eyedbuzzard View Post
    If a Ranger tells you "No", probably not best to argue with a guy/gal with a badge and gun.
    Generally all around good advice!

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    This sounds like a good thing for people actually wanting to get out on a nice day hike or overnight(s), closing the parking areas that people overcrowd and hike in packs for 1/2 mile to the nearest view/popular spot. So for those who want to make the extra effort the trail should be pretty nice down there. Much better plan/idea then the ATC's thought of "nobody go near the trail"
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    Corona is officially contagious in Georgia now. Good thing I had cancelled my plans. Tough getting a ride this month.

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    Default Question about hiking in SNP now.

    OK I'm not a thru hiker, but live 15 minutes from SNP. My family and i have some free time and my daughter has been begging me to take her backpacking this year. Question is... Is it ok to still backpack for a night or two in the park? VA is allowing people to exercise as long as your in a group of less than 10 and 6 feet apart. It would be just myself and daughter that lives with me so close. Not doing in town stops, just house to trail and back home.

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    SNP is closed for all camping.

    https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/alerts.htm
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    Dayhiking is ok on the less frequented trail heads, but no, you can't backpack in the park at all right now

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