Forest Service closes recreation areas, advises campers to heed warnings ahead of Hurricane Michael

Contact(s): Steven Bekkerus, 770-297-3043

Always Be Weather Ready

The Forest Service is closing several recreation areas on the Oconee National Forest in the predicted path of Hurricane Michael beginning today, Wednesday, October 10. The sites will remain closed until they are safe for visitors. A Hurricane Warning has been issued for areas of the Oconee National Forest.

The Forest Service is advising visitors to avoid the National Forest during hazardous weather for personal safety, and also to prevent further stress on emergency responders who may not be able to quickly respond during conditions that limit access or create safety hazards. Visitor and employee safety are the highest priorities. It is possible that other National Forest recreation sites and roads in the predicted path of Hurricane Michael may need to temporarily close to keep everyone safe. 

During and after a storm event, National Forests are constantly assessing the changing conditions to determine if recreation sites should be closed for safety concerns, and for how long. Stay connected with us to view alerts related to possible hazards or additional closures on the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests. Follow @ChattOconeeNF on Facebook and twitter and on our website at Visitors are advised to check often and "know before you go."

Temporarily closures:

Low-lying areas are especially vulnerable to rapidly rising and swift water. These areas should be avoided during and after major storm events. Excessive rain and high winds have the potential to create high water, flash floods, falling trees, mudslides, and severe damage to roads. Our National Forests are heavily wooded, remote and/or mountainous, making the potential for hazardous conditions significant. Trees falling or large limbs breaking off are common occurrences during storm events.

Remember, your safety is your responsibility. As always, please keep yourself, your loved-ones, and our responding personnel safe by making thoughtful decisions, staying aware of weather conditions, and heeding the advice of your local and state authorities.

Stay safe! We are thinking of you during this time, and appreciate your understanding.

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