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Pisgah Ranger District Receives Severe Damage


Last updated 8/19/2021 at 4:40pm

On Tuesday, the Pisgah Ranger District experienced extreme weather conditions that have caused severe damage throughout the district. As rain continues to fall throughout the region, water levels remain high. Staff are working daily to conduct assessments and have found bridges out, trails eroded and trees down. Because of this we are discouraging use of the forest for the safety of staff and visitors alike as we work to clear areas and ensure their safety. At the time of this release, Wednesday, N.C. 276 is open to the Pisgah Visitor Center and Ranger Station. N.C. 276 will likely be opened in the coming days and several of the district’s Developed Recreation Areas are already open, but the majority of Forest Roads are closed and trails present multiple hazards to the visiting public.

OPEN Developed Recreation Areas:

Pisgah Visitor Center

Davidson River Campground

North Mills River Campground

Lake Powhatan Campground

Sunburst Campground

Wash Creek Horse Campground

Kuykendall Group Campground

Coontree Picnic Area (restrooms closed)

Pink Beds Picnic Area

CLOSED Developed Recreation Areas:

Sycamore Flats Picnic Area

Sliding Rock

Wolf Ford Horse Campground

Cove Creek Group Campground

Cradle of Forestry (Reopens Wednesday, August 25th)


Davidson River Road (FS 475) – Multiple slides, long term closure anticipated.

Courthouse Creek Road (FS 140) – Multiple slides, long term closure anticipated.

Yellow Gap Road (FS 1206)

Pilot Mountain Road (FS 229)

Avery Creek Road (FS 477)

Headwaters Road (FS 475B)

Bent Creek (FS 479)

Wash Creek (FS 5000)

District Ranger Dave Casey says, “We appreciate your patience as we work to assess the damage we’ve endured throughout the Forest. The passion and pride the public feels about the Pisgah has been clear in their enthusiastic response to help. At this time we ask everyone to stay patient and be cautious if and when choosing to enter the Forest.” We ask everyone to respect barriers and make safe choices in our area as effects are seen throughout the coming days. As staff work to open roads, the public can stay updated via the National Forests of North Carolina website and social media channels.


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