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

The Forest Service only provides road updates and closures for Forest Service roads. For information on other government maintained roads please visit: DriveNC.gov | North Carolina Traffic, Road Closures & Travel Information

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

Updated 4/1/2024


Pisgah Ranger District: 828-877-3265

  • Lickstone Road (FS97): Closes to motor vehicles from Jan 2 to Sept 1 each year.
  • Ivestor Gap Gate (FS816): Closes to motor vehicles from Jan 1 to Aug 15 each year.

Appalachian Ranger District: 828-689-9694

  • Stony Fork (FS 63): Remains closed due to storm damage

The following roads will close seasonally from 1st week of January to 1st week of April:

  • Hickey Fork (FS 465)
  • Neals Creek (FS 2074)
  • Flat Top (FS 278)
  • Cataloochee (FS 3549)
  • Hurricane Gap (FS 467)
  • Rich Mountain Fire Tower (FS 467A)
  • Long Arm (FS 287)
  • Mills Ridge (FS 113)
  • South Toe River (FS 472)
  • Big Ivy (FS 74)

Grandfather Ranger District: 828-652-2144

  • Old House Gap (FS 192): closed for resource protection and maintenance.

The following roads and recreation areas are open seasonally, from April 1 - January 1:

  • Curtis Creek Campground and Road (FS 482)
  • New Ginger Cake (FS 496)
  • Thunder Hole (FS 4071)
  • Steels Creek (FS 228)
  • Lost Cove (FS 464A)
  • Brown Mountain OHV Area (FS 299)
  • Table Rock Picnic Area (FS 99)

The following roads and recreation areas are open seasonally, from September 1 - January 1:

  • Dobson Knob (FS 106) – western half of the road at the second gate
  • Pearcy Creek (FS 4101)
  • Carrol Creek (FS 4096)

The following roads remain closed to motorized traffic due to storm damage:

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

Nantahala Ranger District: 828-524-6441

The following roads open seasonally from April 1 - January 1:

  • Boardtree (FS 388)
  • Upper Nantahala (FS 67)
  • Shingletree (FS 713)
  • Shope Fork (FS 751)
  • Ball Creek (FS 83)
  • Connelly Creek (FS 86 through Alarka-Laurel)
  • Wayah Bald (FS 69)
  • Winding Stairs (FS 422)
  • Little Yellow Mtn. (FS 367) - remains closed until further notice due to storm damage.
  • Big Creek (FS 4567)
  • Cold Spring Gap (FS 4663)
  • Moses Creek (FS 4651)
  • Old Bald Road (FS 4652)
  • Sugar Creek (FS 4665)
  • Gage Creek (FS 4648)
  • Wolf Mountain (FS 4663C)
  • Charley Knob (FS 4654)
  • Deep Gap (FS 71)‚Äč
  • Wayehutta ATV system and Wayehutta Road (FS 4650) – Open April 1 - December 15

Cheoah Ranger District: 828-479-6431

The following roads open seasonally from April 1 - Janaury 1:

  • Big Fat (FS 62)
  • Farley Cove (FS 407)
  • Tatham Gap/Long Creek (FS 423)
  • Long Hungry (FS 2586)
  • Santeetlah Creek (FS 81)

Tusquitee Ranger District: 828-837-5152

The following roads open seasonally from April 1 - Janaury 1:

  • Bear Paw (FS 435)
  • Beech Creek (FS 307)
  • Cherokee Lake (FS 313)
  • Chambers Creek (FS 2071)
  • Deep Gap (FS 71)
  • Derreberry Gap (FS 614B)
  • Nelson Ridge (FS 351)
  • Panther Gap (FS 85A)
  • Perry Gap (FS 350)
  • Persimmon Creek (FS 651)
  • Powerline Cove (FS 6020)
  • Stateline Loop (FS 420-6)
  • Tatham Gap/Long Creek (FS 423)
  • Tellico River (FS 420-5)
  • Tuni Gap (FS 440)

Croatan National Forest: 252-638-5628

  • Great Lake Rd (FS 126): Closed to motor vehicle traffic for road repairs until May 31, 2024.
  • Road maintenance is occurring along the following roads but the roads will remain open. Maintenance on these roads will last until February 19, 2025. Please use caution when traveling and pay attention for heavy machinery and trucks:
    • FS 120 LONG POINT
    • FS 123 PRINGLE
    • FS 129 MORTON FIELD
    • FS 133 PINECLIFF TOWER
    • FS 144 HUNTER'S CREEK
    • FS 146 HAYWOOD LANDING
    • FS 147 BILFINGER
    • FS 153 HOLLAND POINT
    • FS 156 PINE GROVE
    • FS 157 LOOPY
    • FS 175 SANDER'S BRANCH
    • FS 176 WOLF SWAMP
    • FS 177 MILLIS SWAMP
    • FS 181 OYSTER
    • FS 182 IVES FIELD
    • FS 199 CALEB BR
    • FS 201 S. GULLEY BRANCH
    • FS 205 STARKEY CREEK
    • FS 206 PETTIFORD CREEK
    • FS 603 HILLFIELD
    • FS 617 DUDLEY
    • FS 3014 RICEGROUND BRANCH
    • FS 3017 BOGUE
    • FS 3046 HOPE
    • FS 3069 JUMPING RUN
    • FS 3091 PEAK ROAD
    • FS 121-1 NORTH LITTLE
    • FS 121-2 MIDDLE LITTLE
    • FS 121-A BRICES CREEK
    • FS 121-D BROWN RD
    • FS 177-A MILLIS SWAMP SPUR
    • FS 152 BLACK SWAMP

Uwharrie National Forest: 910-576-6391

The following roads close for the season on Febuary 28th:

  • Polly Place (FS 6652)
  • Cattail Branch (FS 6653)
  • Beaverdam (FS 6507)
  • Yates Place (FS 6746)
  • River Road (FS 518)
  • West Polly Branch (FS 6720)