Forest Service AnnouncesTemporary Swimming Closure in McDowell County
MARION, N.C., July 2, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service announced that the McDowell County Health Department has issued a NO SWIM ADVISORY for the North Fork River from American Thread Road in Woodlawn to Burnette’s and Lake James Landing due to an unknown substance in the water that has killed hundreds of fish.
State and federal officials continue to test the water in the area to determine the cause of the fish kill.
The advisory is in effect until further notice.
For more information contact the McDowell County Environmental Health Office at (828) 652-2921.
NEW BERN, N.C., June 5, 2015 – Today the Forest Service announced that the Black Swamp OHV Trail System has reopened after a temporary closure due to heavy road construction on nearby Black Swamp Road.
The public is reminded that a permit is required to use the OHV area. Riders can purchase either a day use permit for $5.00 or annual passes for $30.00 at the Croatan District office or at the following vendors:
Fisher Oil, 110 Riverdale Road, New Bern, N.C. 28562
ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 06, 2015 -- The U.S. Forest Service is looking for a Jeep Wrangler stolen from the Highlands Work Center in Highlands, NC. The vehicle was under seizure of the Forest Service in an unrelated timber theft incident. A second Jeep was also stolen, and has been recovered.
ROBBINSVILLE, N.C., April 24, 2015 -- The U.S. Forest Service announced today that the Tsali Trail Complex, located on the Cheoah Ranger District, will be changing the user group trail schedule effective May 1, 2015.
The Tsali Recreation Area’s four-loop trail system is a popular destination for mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers. Hikers may enjoy the trails daily, but mountain bikers and equestrians–the primary users–are kept separated by alternating days on the trails. The U.S. Forest Service working closely with equestrian and mountain bike user groups has developed a new trail schedule that will provide recreational opportunities for both user groups on the most popular days of the week.
The new trail schedule will be effective May 1, 2015 and will be posted on the U.S. Forest Service website and has been incorporated into new signage and information kiosks located throughout the Tsali Trail Complex facilities.
PISGAH FOREST, N.C., April 27, 2015 – As bear encounter reports continue, the U.S. Forest Service reminds backcountry users that bear canisters are required in the Shining Rock Wilderness, Black Balsam, Sam’s Knob and Flat Laurel Creek Areas of the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.
A camping closure in the nearby Graveyard Fields area is still in effect, though the area remains open for day use.
Asheville, N.C., May 11, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service announced today that the National Forests in North Carolina in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and other partners will host a series of Kids Fishing Day events throughout May and June at sites across the state.
The events are free for children ages 12 years and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to bring their own poles though most events will have bait and extra poles available. Children must be able to handle their poles independently though adults may assist in reeling.
NEW BERN, N.C., May 18, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service today announced that the $700,000 renovation project at the Cedar Point Campground on the Croatan National Forest is complete. Campers can begin making reservations at www.recreation.gov. The Cedar Point Tidelands trails are also now open.
The multi-faceted project, which began Sept. 30, 2014, completely replaced the site’s electrical, septic and water systems, rebuilt 13 camps sites and relocated both the camp host sites and dump station to more efficient and camper accessible locations.
NEBO, N.C., April 24, 2015 – The Falls Branch Trail (#214) and trail head parking area will be closed Thursday April 29th through Sunday May 3rd to facilitate resurfacing the parking area and a new section of trail accessing a new ADA accessible observation deck just below the beautiful Toms Creek Falls.
EDITOR’S NOTE (for media only): Call the district office (828-652-2144) for more information regarding this trail and or closure.