Federal Government funding shutdown information
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The U.S. Forest Service continues to reopen facilities in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in a safe and orderly manner.
In the Pisgah National Forest:
- The Pisgah Ranger District’s Sunburst Campground will reopen today.
- In the Appalachian Ranger District, the Black Mountain/Briar Bottom Campground will reopen Saturday, Oct. 19.
In the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, Cliffside recreation area has been reopened. The Van Hook recreation area will remain closed for the season.
Update Oct. 17, 2013
Forest Service Reopening Facilities in National Forests
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The U.S. Forest Service is working to reopen facilities in the national forests in North Carolina that were closed due to a lapse in federal government funding.
The Forest Service will reopen Uwharrie National Forest recreation facilities by the end of today.
Facilities in the Croatan National Forest will reopen by 12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.
In the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, all recreation sites are currently open except for:
- Cliffside and Van Hook recreation areas; and
- Moss Knob shooting range, which is closed due to construction.
In the Cheoah and Tusquitee Ranger Districts, Nantahala National Forest, fee sites (such as campgrounds, Tsali trails and shooting range) will reopen by the end of today. Facilities such as restrooms, boat ramps and trailheads will be open by noon tomorrow.
In the Pisgah National Forest:
- All recreation sites will be reopened today on the Pisgah Ranger District except for Sunburst Campground, which will reopen with limited services as soon as possible.
- All recreation sites on the Grandfather Ranger District are now open.
- The Forest Service continues to open recreation facilities on the Appalachian Ranger District as possible.
More information will be provided as soon as possible.
Update 10/16/2013 10:30PM
Government shutdown is over, but no word at this time of being allowed to do trail work yet.
Pisgah inn reopened.
At this time all campgrounds are closed along with the Pisgah Inn
This means no trail work or Bike Patrol in Pisgah National Forest
Oct. 1, 2013 2:56PM
Most National Forest Facilities Closed
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Most facilities in the national forests in North Carolina are closed due to a lapse in federal government funding.
The closure affects offices, many campgrounds, day use areas, bathrooms, shooting ranges, off-highway vehicle trails, fee areas and other facilities managed by U.S. Forest Service in the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests.
The following campgrounds, operated by concessionaires, will remain open.
- Pisgah National Forest: Black Mountain Campground; Briar Bottom Group Camp; Carolina Hemlocks Recreation; Cove Creek Campground; Davidson River Campground; Kimsey Creek Group Campground; Kuykendall Group Campground; Lake Powhatan Recreation Area; North Mills River Recreation Area; Sunburst Recreation Area; and White Pines Group Campground.
- Nantahala National Forest: Cliffside Day Use Area; Van Hook Glade Campground; and Standing Indian/Kimsey Creek/Hurricane Creek Recreation Complex.
Visitors may still hike, fish and use undeveloped recreational areas of the national forests during the closure period. No restrooms or trash collection will be available at trailheads, and visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace ethics. Only essential Forest Service employees, such as firefighters, will continue working during the closure. All volunteer activities are cancelled.
The National Recreation Reservation Service, available through www.recreation.gov, will also be closed.
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