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Davidson River Campground, Sliding Rock To Open Monday-Brevard NC

Pisgah Hospitality Partners, LLC, a U.S. Forest Service concessionaire based in Pisgah Forest, has worked closely with the Forest Service and will be reopening the Pisgah Complex... — Updated 5/28/2020

 

Weeks Act Helped Create National Forests In North Carolina

One of the most important pieces of environmental legislation ever enacted by Congress was the passage of the Weeks Act on March 1, 1911. Named for its chief sponsor, Congressman... — Updated 7/9/2020

 

Highlands Biological Station Begins Bird Banding Project

In conjunction with an international effort, the Highlands Biological Station has initiated a bird banding project in the high-elevation mountain community. At Western Carolina... — Updated 7/6/2020

 

Trail Report Sponsored By Sycamore Cycles

Closures •Pisgah Ranger District Visitor Center, Half of Black Mountain Trailhead, Butter Gap Trail Shelter, Buckhorn Gap Trail Shelter and Avery Creek Road designated campsites are all closed as of June 29. •The visitor... — Updated 6/29/2020

 
 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Park Service, Duke Energy Repair Auger Hole Landslide

The Auger Hole is a popular backcountry location for Jeep clubs, day-hikers, and weekend campers alike, but after the landslide that occurred last April wherein a section of the... — Updated 6/29/2020

 

Fundraiser Sets Picnic Tables For Summer Event

During July, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is celebrating National Picnic Month with a new twist on a great summer tradition, with the Picnic for the Parkway event. Fans of the... — Updated 6/29/2020

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

Outdoors Experts Hold Webinar On Pisgah/Nantahala Forest Plan-Brevard NC

The commenting period for the draft Pisgah/Nantahala Forest Plan revision ends on June 29, and local nonprofit MountainTrue held a webinar with recreation experts last Tuesday to discuss the draft plan’s implications on one of... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Forest Service Issues Warning About Black Bears In Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah National Forest warns visitors to North Mills River, Bent Creek Experimental Forest, and Black Balsam and surrounding areas on the Pisgah Ranger District to be on the look ou... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Trail Report - Sponsored By Sycamore Cycles

Weekly Trail Report ­­­­Closures •The visitor center, picnic shelters and public restrooms area closed in DuPont State Forest. •Lickstone Road (FSR 97), Courthouse Creek Road (140), Pilot Mountain Road (229), Powhatan... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Additional Campgrounds And Recreation Areas Open In Pisgah

Pisgah National Forest has opened additional campgrounds and recreation areas. On the Appalachian Ranger District, Roan Mountain and the following sites operated by FIND Outdoors have opened: Black Mountain Campground, Briar Bottom... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

The French Broad - A Source Of Endless Adventures

Transylvania County is no stranger to outdoor adventure recreation. Amongst Pisgah's high peaks, hidden rivulets within Headwaters State Forest, waterfalls of Gorges State Park,... — Updated 6/22/2020

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

Flame Azalea And Mountain Laurel

An otherwise ordinary walk in the woods can turn magical when one keeps an eye out for beauty. Throughout the summer, shrubs and wildflowers provide a changing landscape of blooms... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Parkway Increases Access To Recreational Areas

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Blue Ridge Parkway is increasing recreational access at many park picnic areas and... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Parkway Study Finds 14.9 Million Visitors Spent $1.1 Billion-Brevard NC

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 14.9 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2019 spent $1.1 billion in communities near the park. That spending supported 16,341 jobs in the local area and had a... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Transylvania County Trail Report - Sponsored by Sycamore Cycles

Closures •All designated roadside campsites in Pisgah are still closed as of June 15. The exception is camping within managed campgrounds. Backcountry camping is allowed. •Looking Glass Falls, Coon Tree picnic area, the Cradle... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report Monday, June 8

Closures •Looking Glass Falls, Coon Tree picnic area, the Cradle of Forestry, Sycamore Flats, Pink Beds picnic area, Stony Fork picnic area, Sunburst picnic area and US 276 in picnic areas in Pisgah are still closed as of June... — Updated 6/8/2020

 

MountainTrue To Hold Virtual Panel Discussion On Recreation Issues In The Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan

MountainTrue is hosting a topic-specific online panel discussion on recreation issues in the draft Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest Draft Management Plan on Tuesday, June 16, from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. This session will take place... — Updated 6/8/2020

 
 By Rachel Hess    Outdoors

How To Create A Pocket Meadow

When standing in the middle of an untamed meadow, we might experience feelings of freedom or even harmony with the world around them. Looking beyond the swaying grasses and... — Updated 6/8/2020

 

Davidson River Campground, Sliding Rock To Reopen June 1

Pisgah Hospitality Partners, LLC, a US Forest Service concessionaire based in Pisgah Forest, has worked closely with the Forest Service and will be reopening the Pisgah Complex beginning June 1, 2020. This complex includes... — Updated 6/1/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report for June 1, 2020

Closures •Looking Glass Falls, Coon Tree picnic area, the Cradle of Forestry, Sycamore Flats, Pink Beds picnic area, Stony Fork picnic area, Sunburst picnic area and U.S. 276 in picnic areas in Pisgah are still closed as of June... — Updated 6/1/2020

 

The French Broad In 2020

No one can deny that 2020 has not been a year of challenges so far. Rivers, like time, are always moving forward, always changing. We as recreation users must adapt to changes and... — Updated 6/1/2020

 

Estatoe Trail Will Connect To Rosenwald Community

The Estatoe Trail will soon extend to the historic Rosenwald Community in Brevard, connecting it with downtown Brevard and Pisgah National Forest. This new link in the popular... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

Blue Ridge Parkway To Reopen From Milepost 0 to 13

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Blue Ridge Parkway is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is... — Updated 5/22/2020

 

DuPont Issues Trail Advisory-Brevard NC

Due to recent, persistent rainfall DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) has issued a trail advisory – cautioning use on trails during this time. This trail advisory is issued... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

Trailheads, Access Points To Open To the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The USDA Forest Service will open a series of trailheads and access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on May 22. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

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