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Most National Forest Facilities Closed in NC, Many Campgrounds in Pisgah, Nantahala National Forest Open

Oct. 1, 2013. 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.

For more information about the national forests in North Carolina, visitwww.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc.