The Transylvania Times -

Forest Service Closes Campgrounds-Brevard NC


September 7, 2017

The U.S. Forest Service is closely tracking the forecast models of Hurricane Irma and is temporarily closing all campgrounds and recreation areas in the Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie National Forests. This includes the temporary suspension of creating reservations on

The health, safety, and well-being of the public and visitors to our National Forests is of our number one priority and this decision is intended to keep our recreation users safe.

Heavy rain is expected and may result in flash flooding of low-lying and poorly drained areas. High winds, especially in ridgetop areas, are predicted making camping extremely dangerous due to the potential for falling trees. Isolated tornadoes are also possible. We strongly recommend NO camping in the backcountry or at dispersed sites while the storm passes through the area.

Pisgah Ranger District is closing recreation areas listed below until further notice.

Campgrounds - closed starting Monday, 9/10, at 8 am

Davidson River CG

Lake Powhatan CG

North Mills River CG

Sunburst CG

All group campsites and horse camps including Cove Creek, Kuykendall, Wash Creek, White Pines, Wolf Ford

All designated roadside campsites

Day Use Areas: Sycamore Flats Picnic Area & Cradle of Forestry in America

National Forest Roads (Closures beginning Sunday, 9/10)

Courthouse Creek (#140)

Yellow Gap (#1206)

Wash Creek (#5000)

Avery Creek (#477)

NFSR #475B

Bent Creek (#479) from Ledford Branch TH to Blue Ridge Parkway


Closing all camping areas. Campgrounds are expected to reopen Wednesday, Sept 13. This includes:

o Ammons Branch Camp

o Apple Tree Group Campground

o Balsam Lake Lodge

o Bear Creek Hunt Camp

o Bristol Fields Campground

o Cable Cove Campground

o Cheoah Point Campground

o Fires Creek Campground

o Hanging Dog Campground

o Horse Cove Campground

o Jackrabbit Campground

o Kimsey Creek Campground

o Lake Santeetlah Campsites

o Rattler Ford Campground

o Standing Indian Campground

o Swan Cabin

o Tsali Campground

o Van Hook Glade Campground

o Wine Springs Horse Camp


Appalachian Ranger District is closing the following recreation areas and roads listed below starting Sunday, Sept 10. All are expected to re-open by Thursday if damage is minimal:

Recreation Areas:

Roan Mountain day use

Murray Branch day use

Black Mountain campground

Briar Bottom campground

Carolina Hemlocks campground

Harmon Den campground

(Rocky Bluff campground is already closed for the season)


South Toe River NFSR # 472

Neal's Creek NFSR # 2074

Flat Top # 278

Big Ivy NFSR # 74

Stoney Fork NFSR # 63

Roan Mountain NFSR # 235

Hickey Fork NFSR # 465

Mill Ridge NFSR # 113

Rich Mountain NFSR # 467A

Grandfather Ranger District is closing the following recreation areas and roads listed below starting Monday, Sept 11:

o Curtis Creek Road (NFSR # 482)

o Table Rock Road (NFSR # 99)

o Maple Sally Road (NFSR # 187)

o Brown Mountain OHV Trails

o Brown Mountain campsites

o Mortimer and Curtis Creek Campgrounds


Closing day use and campground areas starting Sunday, Sept. 10. All are expected to reopen Thursday, Sept. 14, or sooner if deemed safe.

King's Mountain Point day use area and Holt's picnic area closed starting Sunday, Sept 10 at 2 pm

All campgrounds closed starting Sunday, Sept 10 at 2 pm including Arrowhead, Badin Lake, Canebrake, Uwharrie Hunt camp, West Morris Mountain, Yates Place

Badin lake OHV trail system closed starting Monday, Sept 11

Hiking, Biking and equestrian trail systems closed starting Monday, Sept 11

Flintlock valley shooting range will be closed on Tuesday, Sept12 through Thursday, Sept 14.

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