2021 COVID-19 Update

May 26th, 2021

 

We are so excited to reopen on June 2nd, 2021. We did not open for the 2020 season, and have remained closed in 2021until now. As we are now both fully-vaccinated and the guidance from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health has changed substantially in recent weeks (Thanks for the vaccines, Science!!), we are excited to swing open the doors and start welcoming hikers again.

Vaccinated guests are welcome without a mask and without social distancing. Unvaccinated guests are encouraged to wear a mask, keep a six-foot distance between themselves and people not in their group, and camp or stay in a private room. At this point in the pandemic, however, your personal choices regarding vaccines are dictating your level of risk. Everyone who wants a vaccine (and who has the savvy and means to be hiking the AT) has had a chance to get it. Though the risk to vaccinated people is not eliminated completely, and the risk to unvaccinated people remains, we feel comfortable opening now, knowing that the risk of transmission, severe illness, and death are substantially reduced within our local community and the trail community. 

 

As always, you will be asked to wash you hands as soon as you drop your pack and take off your shoes. Norovirus is the trail's ever-present enemy, and it seems this year is an especially bad year. Overnight guests are asked to shower ASAP and don a lovely set of loaner clothes while their laundry is being done. Everyone must wash their hands before sitting down to breakfast and frequent hand washing is encouraged.  

 

If you are feeling ill in any way, please inform us upon arrival. We will make sure you are well-taken care of without putting the health of our other guests at risk.  

 

Still need a vaccine? Learn how to get your shot at Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN VA. 

 

Hope to see you soon!

Tina and Brett