Maryland Forest Service cuts trees on Appalachian Trail

STATUS UPDATE: As of March 25th at 12 p.m. all Maryland A.T. shelters and campgrounds, are OPEN as follows: 

  • Dahlgren campground 
  • Cowall shelter and camping area
  • Pine Knob shelter and camping area
  • Cramptons Gap shelter and camping area
  • Annapolis Rock camping area
  • Rocky Run shelter and camping area
  • Raven Rock shelter and camping area 
  • POGO camping area

Overnight shelters and campgrounds on the Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail closed in Maryland after a hiker was killed March 15 by a falling tree near a National Park Service shelter six miles north of Harpers Ferry (the Ed Garvey Shelter). 

Appalachian Trail Ed Garvey Shelter

Ed Garvey Shelter (Photo courtesy

Maryland DPS managers checked the condition of the shelters after the wicked winter we just went through and cut damaged trees.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these temporary closures,” says Nita Settina, MPS superintendent. “In the interim, hikers are permitted to camp along the trail on public lands.” Just not at a state shelter or an area set aside as a campground.

Maryland's Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail in Maryland (Photo courtesy National Park Service)

The lone exception to the closures was the Dahlgren Campground, located on the trail about a mile south of the Old South Mountain Inn in Boonsboro.

Maryland’s 40-mile segment of the Appalachian Trail runs from the Potomac River to the Pennsylvania state line.

The Maryland Park Service is operating a trail update hotline: 301-791-4767.