Motor Vehicle Use Maps
In compliance with the November 2005 USDA Final Rule for Motorized Vehicle Recreation in National Forests and Grasslands, each national forest is required to identify and designate those roads, trails and areas that are open to motor vehicle use. Some national forests, including the National Forests in North Carolina, have already established systems of roads and trails designated and managed for motorized use. The new rule does not require those units to change existing plans. However, all national forests are required to publish motor vehicle use maps and make them available to the public.
These maps are legal documentation displaying the roads and trails that are open to public motor vehicle use. If a road or trail does not appear on the map it means that it is not open to public vehicular use. The map will be reviewed and updated annually.
The motor vehicle use maps for each ranger district are available at USDA Forest Service offices in Asheville, Burnsville, Franklin, Murphy, Nebo, New Bern, Pisgah Forest, Robbinsville and Troy, North Carolina.
The motor vehicle use maps are black and white and do not provide much information besides the roads and trails open to motor vehicles. They are not designed to provide detailed recreation information (hunters, hikers, etc.). The maps only show open roads. For detailed recreation information, including a number of recreation brochures and trail maps please refer to http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/recreation/recreate.htm. Additional national forest maps, such as forest visitor maps or trail maps that show open and closed roads, trails (hiking, biking, horse), recreation sites, etc. are also available for sale at Forest offices and online at the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association Map Store. These maps show much greater detail than the motor vehicle use maps do.
There are no changes to where motorized vehicles are permitted in the National Forests in North Carolina – no open roads have been closed & no closed roads have been opened as a result of the rule requiring the maps.
Download the Maps
There are separate maps for each Ranger District. They are large format and designed to be viewed online or printed on a plotter. four, large (44x34 inches), flat sheets. Each sheet covers one of our four administrative districts.
- Appalachian District , Pisgah National Forest
- Grandfather District, Pisgah National Forest
- Pisgah District, Pisgah National Forest
- Cheoah District, Nantahala National Forest
- Nantahala District, Nantahala National Forest (Highlands and Wayah Districts recently combined)
- Tusquitee District, Nantahala National Forest
- Croatan National Forest
- Uwharrie National Forest
Alerts & Warnings
- Whig Branch Road and Upper Santeetlah Closed
- Appalachian RD: Increased Bear Activity on Big Ivy Rd (FSR 74)
- Food Storage Requirements for Appalachian Trail
- Overnight Camping Prohibited, Tanyard Gap to Deep Gap on the Appalachian Trail
- Be Bear Aware
- Nantahala NF: Bullpen Road Closure starting 8/28
- Max Patch Closure extended to 2026