HICers are being told by the agency that COVID-19 oversees the Appalachian Trail to cover a distance of about 2,200-miles (3,540 kilometers) this year.
The Asheville Citizen Times reported on Monday that the Appalachian Trail Conservancy made this suggestion because it felt the epidemic would make long-distance hikes unsafe.
Regional director of conservatism Morgan Somerville said that while the epidemic continues, vaccines are not widely available and there are no clear indications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conservatism is recommending against long-range increases.
Somerville said some 2,000 through-hikers had already been registered. Those hikers travel through 71 miles of trails in Great Smoky Mountain National Park to western North Carolina trail cities such as Franklin and Hot Springs in March and April, when they gather in large numbers to rest, gear and remodel. We do.
They also live in nearby quarters along the trail. The shelters do not allow the CDC’s COVID-safety guidelines, including maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet from people who do not live in the same house and often wash their hands with soap and water.
The Appalachian Trail passes through 14 states from Georgia to Maine and covers 2,193 miles.