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Please Don't Close The Forest


Last updated 4/14/2020 at 9:59am

During these trying times, many of us release pent-up emotions and energy by Hiking or Biking in the Pisgah National Forest. While there may be an unusual number of cars in parking areas, I would like to point out the reasons this is occurring.

First, those of us who typically ride together to trailheads are observing social distancing by now driving separately to the trailheads. In addition, out-of-work employees seem to be getting exercise by Hiking and Biking in the forest. Busier parking lots are not a reflection of irresponsible behavior during this coronavirus scare. In fact, just the opposite is true. While in the woods (and even in the parking lots) I have not encountered one person who is not going out of their way to observe the 6-foot rule.

Today I tried to park at the Davidson River parking area only to find it blocked off. So, to the powers that be, I ask them not to do this. I am asking them to trust that we are acting responsibly and to please not take away this beautiful and vital part of our area. We need it now more than ever.

-- Pat Hawkins, Brevard


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