Seasonal and Weather Road Closures

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National Forest Seasonal and Weather Road Closures

Certain roads are seasonally closed to motorized vehicles to help protect wildlife habitat, decrease wildlife disturbance, reduce road maintenance costs, and in specific cases to protect public safety during long bouts of adverse weather.

On all Forest Service roads, emergency closures due to weather or resource conditions can occur at any time. For current road conditions and status, contact the Ranger District or the Blue Ridge Parkway Closure Map

DO NOT BLOCK ANY GATE.  Vehicle may be ticketed and/or towed.


Pisgah Ranger District: 828-877-3265

  • Pilot Cove Road (FS 5014): Closed due to weather.
  • Headwaters Road (FS 475B) from Davidson River to the nose: Closed due to weather.
  • Cove Creek (FS 225): Closed due to weather.
  • Yellow Gap Road (FS 1206) from 276 to a mile before North Miles River Campground: Closed due to weather.
  • Wash Creek (FS 5000) from Trace Ridge to the Blue Ridge Parkway: Closed due to weather.
  • Courthouse Creek Road (FS 140): Closed due to weather.
  • Bottom of Avery Creek (FS 477): Closed due to weather.
  • Lickstone Road (FS97): Seasonal Closure for Motor Vehicles. This road is open from Sept. 1 to Jan. 2 each year.
  • Ivestor Gap Gate (FS816): Seasonal Closure for Motor Vehicles. This road is open from Aug. 15 to Dec. 31 each year.

Appalachian Ranger District: 828-689-9694

  • Big Ivy (74): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Stony Fork (63): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Cataloochee (3549): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Hickey Fork (465): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • South Toe River (472): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Neals Creek (2074): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Flat Top (278): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Hurricane Gap (467): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Rich Mountain Fire Tower (467A): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Long Arm (287): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Mills Ridge (113): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.

The following roads are closed to motor vehicles due to storm damage:

  • Neals Creek (FS 2074)
  • Stony Fork (FS 63)
  • South Toe River (FS 472)

Grandfather Ranger District: 828-652-2144

  • New Ginger Cake (496): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Thunder Hole (4071): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Steels Creek (228): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Lost Cove (464A): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Dobson Knob (106) western half of the road at the second gate: Closed to motor vehicles for the season. Reopens Sept. 1, 2020.
  • Pearcy Creek (4101): Closed to motor vehicles for the season. Reopens Sept. 1, 2020.
  • Carrol Creek (4096): Closed to motor vehicles for the season. Reopens Sept. 1, 2020.

The following roads are closed to motor vehicles due to storm damage:

  • Schoolhouse Ridge (4068)
  • Jarrett Creek (4030)
  • Marks Mountain (451)
  • Big Chestnut (198)
  • Craig Creek / Mortimer-Piedmont (982)

Nantahala Ranger District: 828-524-6441

No Seasonal/Weather Road Closures at this Time.

Cheoah Ranger District: 828-479-6431

  • Big Fat (FSR 62): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Farley Cove (FSR 407): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Tatham Gap/Long Creek (FSR 423): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Long Hungry (FSR 1127): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.
  • Santeelah Creek (FSR 81): Closed to motor vehicles for the season.

Tusquitee Ranger District: 828-837-5152

  • Cherokee Lake (FSR 313): Closed to motor vehicles.

Croatan National Forest: 252-638-5628

  • South Flybus (FSR 136): Closed to motor vehicles for the season beginning Jan. 1.
  • Hickman Hill (FSR 601): Closed due to construction.

Uwharrie National Forest: 910-576-6391

  • Polly Place (FS 6652): Closes for the season Feb. 28
  • Cattail Branch (FS 6653): Closes for the season Feb. 28
  • Beaverdam (FS 6507): Closes for the season Feb. 28
  • Yates Place (FS 6746): Closes for the season Feb. 28
  • River Road (FS 518): Closes for the season Feb. 28
  • West Polly Branch (FS 6720): Closes for the season Feb. 28




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