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Forest Service Shuts Down Many Popular Spots In Pisgah National Forest

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Matt Bush
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Blue Ridge Public Radio
The Cradle of Forestry in America is one of the sites closed in the Pisgah National Forest

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The U.S. Forest Service is closing several popular trails and recreation spots in the Pisgah National Forest due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Among sites now closed include Max Patch Pond, Graveyard Fields, Looking Glass Falls, Catawba Falls, and the Cradle of Forestry in America.  Trails to Mt. Mitchell, Mt. Pisgah, and as wells as the Mountains To Sea, Max Patch Loop, and Lover’s Leap trails are also closed.  The Forest Service is also shutting down dispersed camping and many roads in the Pisgah National Forest. 

The order lasts until August 13th, or until its rescinded.  Some recreation sites and trails are still open in Pisgah, as well as in the Nantahala National Forest, but those using them are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines, and if they find an area that is crowded, they’re urged to search for a less occupied location. (A full list of road closures can be found here)

RECREATION SITE CLOSURES

Appalachian Ranger District

AT Deer Park Shelter

AT Flint Mountain Shelter

AT Groundhog Creek Shelter

AT Hogback Ridge Shelter

AT Hot Springs Trailhead

AT Jerry Cabin Shelter

AT Little Laurel Shelter

AT Overmountain Shelter

AT Overmountain Victory Trailhead

AT Roaring Fork Shelter

AT Spivey Gap Trailhead

AT Stan Murray Shelter

Big Butt Trailhead

Black Mountain Campground

Briar Bottom Group Camp

Buncombe Horse Trailhead

Carolina Hemlocks Campground

Carolina Hemlocks Picnic Area

Carolina Hemlocks Trailhead

Corner Rock Trailhead/Big Ivy parking

Douglas Falls Trailhead

Elk River Falls Trailhead

Fork Ridge Trailhead

Harmon Den Horse Camp

Hickey Fork Trailhead

Laurel River Trailhead

Max Patch Pond

Max Path Trailhead

Murray Branch Picnic Area

Poplar Boat Launch

Roan Mountain

Rocky Bluff Campground

Shinbone Trailhead

Shope Creek Parking Area

Silvermine Trailhead

South Toe Trailhead (Mt. Mitchell Trailhead)

Stackhouse Boat Launch

Walker Creek Trailhead

 

 

Grandfather Ranger District

Boone Fork Pond

Brown Mountain OHV Trailhead

Brown Mountain Roadside Campsites

Catawba Falls Trailhead

Curtis Creek Campground

Curtis Creek Roadside Campsites

Hawksbill Trailhead

Linville Falls Trailhead

Linville Gorge Cabin

Mortimer Campground

Mortimer Picnic Area

Spence Ridge Trailhead

Tablerock Picnic Area and Trailhead

Toms Creek Falls Trailhead

Upper Creek Falls Trailhead

Wilson Creek Day Use Area (as indicated on map)

Wolfpit Trailhead

 

 

Pisgah Ranger District

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

US276 Picnic Areas

Wash Creek Horse Camp

Wash Creek Roadside Campsites

White Pines Group Camp

Wolf Ford Horse Camp

Yellow Gap Roadside Campsites

 

TRAIL CLOSURES

Appalachian Ranger District

 

Big Butt

 

Douglas Falls

 

Walker Creek

 

Elk Pen

 

Snowball

 

Upper Corner Rock

 

Little Andy

 

Perkins

 

Bear Pen

 

Black Mountain Crest

 

Green Knob

 

Stair Creek

 

Laurel Gap

 

Mount Mitchell

 

Buncombe Horse

 

Big Tom Gap

 

Roaring Fork Falls

 

Setrock

 

River Loop

 

Fork Ridge

 

Jerry Miller

 

Green Ridge

 

Hickey Fork

 

Whiteoak

 

Roundtop Ridge

 

Shutin Creek

 

Cherry Creek

 

Cold Springs Horse

 

Buckeye Ridge Horse

 

Max Patch Loop

 

Lover's Leap

 

Overmountain Victory Trail (from Roaring Creek to AT)

 

Pump Gap Loop

 

Laurel River

 

Groundhog Creek

 

Mountains to Sea

 

Hemlock

 

Briar Bottom

 

Elk Falls

Grandfather Ranger District

 

 

 

Brown Mountain 1A

 

Brown Mountain 1B

 

Elliot Deer

 

Sullivan’s Pass

 

Kirby’s Loop

 

Ned’s Knob

 

Miller Circle

 

Richard’s Bypass

 

Brown Mountain 8

 

Brown Mountain 9

 

Brown Mountain 10

 

Falls Branch

 

Catawba Falls

 

Spence Ridge

 

Shortoff

 

Little Table Rock

 

Table Rock Summit

 

Table Rock Gap

 

Hawksbill

 

Linville Falls Access

 

Upper Creek

Pisgah Ranger District

 

 

 

 

Ivestor Gap

 

Daniel Ridge Loop

 

Looking Glass Rock

 

Slick Rock Falls

 

Cat Gap

 

North Face

 

Art Loeb – Davidson River to Joel Branch FSR5002

 

Art Loeb – Black Balsam Road FSR816 to Camp Daniel Boone

 

Moore Cove

 

Campground Connector

 

Mt. Pisgah

 

Graveyard Ridge

 

Graveyard Ridge

 

Graveyard Fields

 

Upper Falls

 

MST Access

 

Shining Creek

 

John Rock

 

Rainbow Falls

 

Sunwall

 

Hardtimes Gap

 

Deer Lake Lodge and FSR491

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.