Tropical Storm Leslie's Recent Visit
The damage from Tropical Storm Leslie (landfall Tuesday, September 11th, 2012) is currently being surveyed and assessed by the East Coast Trail Association. We are getting reports that there are a number of paths which are partially blocked. Most blockages and resulting damage will likely be from blow-downs, trees that have fallen on or near the trail. Blow-downs can block the trail by falling on it or across it, and can also cause serious damage to the trail bed when a tree's root system tears through the trail bed. Trees that have been damaged but not fallen may also lean over the trail. We call these "leaners". Blow-downs, leaners and erosion can cause damage to the trail bed and to trail structures. Some erosion and damage may not be readily apparent.
We recognize that many hikers will continue to hike the trail. Hikers must always be aware of the existing conditions while hiking a wilderness trail. The East Coast Trail Association requests that you use special care and discretion in choosing which paths to hike as we begin the clean-up of Tropical Storm Leslie. Hike with care and due diligence for the conditions you encounter.
We will be updating our Path Detail pages as information becomes available. Please review the section labeled: Current Path Status on the path detail page.