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  • Pisgah NF temporarily prohibits camping on part of Appalachian Trail

    Asheville, NC, June 10, 2021—Hikers along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are asked to take precautions to avoid bears after recent reports of increased encounters. Camping is temporarily prohibited along the trail in the Pisgah National Forest because of a bear with cubs continuously coming too close to campers with food. The trail remains open to hiking, but camping is not allowed from Grassy Fork Road, mile marker 245, to Max Patch Road, mile marker 253, including the Groundhog Creek Shelter.

    Hikers are strongly encouraged to use bear canisters to properly store food and other scented items such as toothpaste and deodorant. When storing food be sure to store it 100 yards or more away from campsites. 

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