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  • Hanging Dog Campground will not re-open

    U.S. Forest Service officials announced they will not re-open Hanging Dog Campground on the Nantahala National Forest. The campground was initially closed in 2014 due to declining use and increased management costs as part of a comprehensive analysis of recreation sites across the national forests. It then reopened in 2016 and 2017 on a trial basis in partnership with Cherokee County.

    The Hanging Dog day-use area will remain open with picnic tables overlooking the lake and nearby mountain biking and hiking trails. Year-round access is available to Hiwassee Lake for boating and fishing including an accessible fishing pier. The parking lot at the boat launch is scheduled for reconstruction in the fall of 2018. The Panther Top Shooting Range is just a few miles away and will be upgraded in the near future in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.