Alerts & Notices

The National Forests in North Carolina are open for primitive recreation

Asheville, NC, May 21, 2020 - The USDA Forest Service is expanding access to recreation opportunities, however facilities and services are limited at many sites. Restrooms and vault toilets are closed and there are no trash services at most sites. If you plan to visit, expect a primitive experience. Recreate responsibly and:

  • Bring the food and water you need for the day and use the restroom before you leave home. Many forest areas have no restrooms and are far from towns that offer these services.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and the supplies you need to hygienically pack out your waste and your pet's waste.
  • Know your limits and choose activities that are appropriate for your physical condition. Bring a first-aid kit and extra food, water, and clothing in case emergency response is delayed.

Campgrounds, visitor centers, picnic pavilions, shooting ranges, beaches, restrooms, day use areas, and many other developed recreation sites remain closed. Closed areas include high-use iconic places like Dry Falls, King's Mountain Point, Roan Mountain, Tidelands Trail, and Wayah Bald. Some recreation sites including some campgrounds are expected to reopen in June.

For updated information on temporary closures on the National Forests in North Carolina which includes the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests please visit:


  • No restrooms!
  • List of Campground and Recreation Facility Closures
  • Pisgah NF to open more campgrounds, roads, and recreation areas
  • Uwharrie NF to Reopen Several Campgrounds, Trails, & Recreation Sites
  • Four national forests reopen trailheads and access points to AT
  • Parking along Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Road is now prohibited
  • Pisgah NF reopening trails/roads and lifting restrictions on dispersed camping
  • Badin Lake OHV Trail System will remain closed through May 31

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  • Emergency Temporary Closure of four Croatan National Forest Roads