Updated: More Closures In Pisgah National Forest
Last updated 4/15/2020 at 8:49am
In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health and safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, Pisgah National Forest has temporarily shut down dispersed camping and the roads and trails listed below.
The closures apply to vehicles, bikes and hikers.
The U.S. Forest Service has also clarified that the closures do not apply to the whole forest and that over 200 miles of roads and 700 miles of trails in the forest remain open. According to a spokesperson, the best way to plan a trip to the forest, as the situation evolves and changes, is to go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc/.
Forest order number 08-11-07-20-071 prohibits being on certain roads and trails, entering or using a developed recreation site, or camping on the Pisgah National Forest until Aug. 13, 2020, or until rescinded.
Other recreation opportunities on the Nantahala, Uwharrie, and Croatan national forests in North Carolina remain available to the public. To protect public health and safety all visitors to the forest are encouraged to:
•Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
•Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.
•Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes litter and can be harmful to wildlife and attract predators.
•Make arrangements to use the restroom before or after your visit to the forest. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for our employees and for other visitors.
•If an area is crowded, search for a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.
The USDA Forest Service continues to assess and temporarily suspend access to recreation areas that attract large crowds and cannot meet social distancing guidelines. Visitors to national forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html. Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: http://www.usda.gov/coronavirus.
The following roads in the Pisgah Ranger District are closed: Forest Service Road (FS) 97, Lickstone Road; FS 140, Courthouse Creek Road; FS 229, Pilot Mountain Road; FS 475B, Headwaters Road; FS 477, Avery Creek Road; FS 479, Bent Creek Road; FS 481, Powhatan Access Road; FS 816, Black Balsam Road; FS 1206, Yellow Gap Road; and FS 5000, Wash Creek Road.
The following trails in the Pisgah Ranger District are closed: Forest Service Trail (FST) 101, Ivestor Gap; FST 105, Daniel Ridge Loop; FST 114, Looking Glass Rock; FST 117, Slick Rock Falls; FST 120, Cat Gap; FST 132, North Face; FST 146, Art Loeb – Davidson River to Joel Branch FSR 5002; FST 146, Art Loeb – Black Balsam Road FSR 816 to Camp Daniel Boone; FST 318, Moore Cove; FST 329, Campground Connector, FST 355, Mt. Pisgah; FST 356, Graveyard Ridge; FST 356A, Graveyard Ridge; FST 358, Graveyard Fields; FST 358A, Upper Falls; FST 358B, MST Access; FST 363, Shining Creek; FST 365, John Rock; FST 499, Rainbow Falls; FST 601, Sunwall; FST 661, Hardtimes Gap; FST 664, Deer Lake Lodge and FSR 491.
The following recreation sites in the Pisgah Ranger District are closed: Art Loeb Trailhead, Camp Daniel Boone; Art Loeb Trailhead, Davidson River; Art Loeb Trailhead, FSR816 Black Balsam; Avery Creek Roadside Campsites; Black Balsam Trailhead; Buckhorn Gap Shelter; Butter Gap Shelter; Campground Connector Trailhead; Cat Gap Trailhead; Cathy Creek Roadside Campsites; Coon Tree Picnic Area; Courthouse Falls Roadside Camping; Cove Creek Group Campground; Cradle of Forestry in America; Daniel Ridge Trailhead; Davidson River Campground; Deep Gap Shelter; Hardtimes Trailhead; Headwaters Roadside Campsites; Hendersonville Reservoir Road Roadside Campsites; Kuykendall Group Camp; Lake Powhatan Campground; Lake Powhatan Picnic Area; Lake Powhatan Swim Area; Ledford Branch Trailhead; Lickstone Dispersed Campsites; Looking Glass Falls; Looking Glass Falls Picnic Area; Looking Glass Rock Trailhead; Moore Cove Trailhead; North Face Trailhead; North Mills River Campground; North Mills River Picnic Area; Pink Beds Picnic Area; Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education;
Pisgah Ranger Station Visitor Center; Rice Pinnacle Trailhead; Shining Creek Trailhead; Slick Rock Falls Trailhead; Sliding Rock Recreation Area; Stony Fork Picnic Area; Sunburst Campground; Sunburst Picnic Area; Sunwall Trailhead; Sycamore Flats; Upper Cove Creek Roadside Campsites; U.S. 276 Picnic Areas; Wash Creek Horse Camp; Wash Creek Roadside Campsites; White Pines Group Camp; Wolf Ford Horse Camp; and Yellow Gap Roadside Campsites.