Swatara State Park – Prescribed Burn
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is conducting a prescribed fire treatment on State Game Lands 80 adjacent to the Appalachian Trail in the vicinity of Swatara State Park, Lebanon County, Bethel Township, Pennsylvania, November 17, 2015. The burn will not directly affect the Appalachian Trail or associated lands. However, visitors hiking the A.T. in the vicinity, and at the time, of the burns may smell smoke or see smoke off in the distance. For further information and maps of the burn area, click on the following links to the PA Game Commission's website.(11/17/2015)
Caledonia State Park – Trail Detour
From 10/08/15 to 10/26/15, ATC's Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club will be repairing a short section of the A.T. where it lies between US 30 and the Conococheague Creek in Caledonia State Park. During this period, the Trail will be detoured around the work site. Please follow detour signage and any direction from project personnel. (10/07/2015)
Cumberland Valley – Road bridge project
(updated 10–2–15) The road bridge over the Conodoguinet Creek on Bernheisel Bridge Road will be closed for a construction project starting October 15th. While motor vehicle traffic will be detoured, hikers will still be able to cross on the pedestrian walkway, subject to short halts during certain phases of construction. Hikers are urged to obey all signs and direction from project personnel. The first phase of the project is projected to finish in mid-January. A second phase is scheduled for a week in early April 2016.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park – New 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 – New parking rules
Caledonia State Park now 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. (4/22/2013)
Hamburg - Parking limited
Parking at the end of Reservoir Road is limited due to construction associated with Hamburg Watershed facilities.
Palmerton Hostel closure
After several decades of serving hikers, the hostel in the Palmerton Police Borough (sometimes referred to as the "Jailhouse Hostel") has permanently closed and will not be open to hikers in 2015. (April 9, 2015).
Lehigh Gap to Little Gap – CAUTION - Remedial activities in progress
Remedial activities associated with the revegetation of Blue Mountain are currently being conducted near the A.T. between Lehigh Gap and Little Gap as part of the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site. The Appalachian Trail and blue-blaze Winter Trail will remain open during these activities. Occasional truck traffic will occur on the administrative access road that parallels the A.T. Hikers are advised to stay on the A.T. and not use the road. (April 9, 2015)
Kirkridge Shelter – Water Source Shut-off
The water source for the Kirkridge Shelter, a tap located behind the shelter on a short side trail, has been shut off for the season. Backpackers planning to use the shelter should plan to carry additional water while hiking this section of the trail. (10/16/2015)