Forest Service Closures Due To Threat Of Severe Weather

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Due to heavy amounts of rain already received and anticipated heavy rainfall amounts from hurricane Joaquin, the U.S. Forest Service will be closing some areas on the National Forests in North Carolina. Visitor and Forest Service employee safety is a priority and everyone is encouraged to be prepared for possible flooding, fallen trees, rock slides and other safety concerns. Visitors are encouraged to stay off Forest Service roads and reschedule outdoor activities.
The  U.S. Forest Service has closed the following areas through Monday, Oct. 5:

     Croatan National Forest:  All campgrounds, day-use areas and some roads

     Pisgah National Forest:

  • Brown Mountain Off-highway vehicle trail
  • Black Mountain Campground
  • Carolina Hemlocks Campground
  • Mortimer Campground
  • Briar Bottom Campground

Cradle of Forestry: Forest Festival Day and John G. Palmer Intercollegiate

Woodmen’s Meet scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3 postponed to Oct. 17.

Due to changing weather conditions other recreational areas and road closures on the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie or Croatan National Forest may occur.

Follow these safety tips:

  • Do NOT cross roads that appear flooded
  • While traveling on Forest Service roads slow down for weather conditions, and watch out for locked gates and/or fallen trees
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