Post by catonsvillebill on Mar 26, 2020 9:59:37 GMT -8
What exactly are the new rules for hiking in Maryland or Virginia? I'd like to go for a hike on Saturday & Sunday. Do the restrictions allow for hiking? I know the ATC has asked people to stay off the AT. With all the new restrictions in place and the conditions put on those restrictions I am at a loss to figure out if it is OK or not.
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You can hike in Maryland. Obviously the usual caveats; don't travel a long distance, no overnight trips, don't go somewhere you expect to be crowded. So for the last one, I do view all the AT in MD as off limits, but there are enough other places to go.
I've not checked Virginia yet; it's further away, especially for good hiking.
Also consider your local WMA's. Shannondale Springs should mostly be good, and at least the trails are mostly wide. Sleepy Creek should be good away from the lake, though I'm not sure about the Devil's Nose area either. And while I've still not been there yet, the new-ish Sideling Hill is likely a good bet.