Derek Ibarguen, district ranger of the U.S. Forest Service Pisgah Ranger District, today announced that the Black Balsam Road (FDR 816) and Black Balsam Trailhead resurfacing project will begin Sept. 2. The road and trailhead will be closed until early October.
NEW BERN, N.C., Sept. 9, 2014 – Dozens of Marine Special Operations School students and instructors will participate in a training exercise in the Croatan National Forest, September 19-23.
The training will occur near Stella, Hunters Creek Rd., Great Lake Rd. and Haywood Landing in the national forest along the White Oak River. Participants will wear civilian and other distinctive clothing. Rental and non-military government vehicles will be used in the exercise. No firearms or explosives will be used and each participant will carry an ID card.
While no roads or areas will be closed to the general public during these exercises, occasional heavy traffic and congestion may be encountered, so visitors are encouraged to plan accordingly.
Similar trainings are scheduled for Oct. 10-14 and Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
Questions concerning this training may be directed to Mr. Rankin, USMC, at 910-440-1441.
HAYESVILLE, N.C., Aug. 7, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service reopened the swimming beach and adjacent bathroom at Jackrabbit Recreation Area this afternoon. The area had been closed because of a broken sewage pump, which has been fixed.
MARS HILL, N.C., Aug. 1, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service today announced that it has repaired and reopened Stony Fork Road (Forest Service Road 63). The agency received federal funds to repair the road and replace four culverts.
Located in the Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, Stony Fork Road was damaged by a foot of rain in January 2013, making it unsafe for vehicle travel. The road had been closed since that time. Approximately 4.1 miles of Stony Fork Road had been closed to vehicular traffic beginning at the intersection with State Route 2178 (Craggy Garden Road) and running to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
McDOWELL COUNTY, N.C., Sept. 11, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service says preliminary work related to repairs on Point Lookout Trail near Old Fort will begin Sept. 22.
The agency expects the paved trail to remain open while the preliminary work is performed. Visitors will periodically see equipment and vehicles on the trail for several weeks. The remaining repairs are expected in 2015-2016.
HAYESVILLE, N.C., Aug. 7, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service has closed the swimming beach at Jackrabbit Recreation Area because of a failed sewage pump.
No sewage has leaked in or around Chatuge Lake. The agency closed the beach and adjacent bathrooms as a precautionary measure to ensure public health. The Forest Service is working to fix the broken pump.
The campgrounds, trails and boat launch at Jackrabbit Recreation Area remain open. The Forest Service will issue an alert to announce the reopening of the swimming beach and bathrooms.
NEW BERN, N.C., July 5, 2014 -- The U.S. Forest Service has reopened all recreational areas in the Croatan National Forest. Campgrounds and other areas in the national forest were closed Thursday in preparation for Hurricane Arthur.
NEW BERN, N.C., July 4, 2014 - The U.S. Forest Service has reopened Cedar Point and Flanners Beach campgrounds in the Croatan National Forest. All other facilities in the national forest remain closed as safety and conditions are assessed. Campgrounds and other areas in the national forest were closed yesterday in preparation for Hurricane Arthur.