Davidson River Campground on the Pisgah will temporarily close starting January 15

Contact(s): Pisgah Ranger District, 828-877-3265

Pisgah Forest, NC, January 3, 2020 - The Davidson River Campground, located on the Pisgah Ranger District approximately one mile west of the community of Pisgah Forest, will be closed to the public from January 15 to February 15, 2020. Small sections of the following trails will also be closed:

  • Exercise Trail #344
  • North Slope Trail #359

During this time, select pine trees will be removed from the campground for public safety. These trees have been diagnosed with a root disease which makes them more susceptible to blowing over. Most of these pines were planted in the 1960s on what was formerly farm land. Over the past several years many hazard trees have been removed from the campground when they posed a threat to campers.

Beginning January 15, a contractor will be removing diseased trees from the Sycamore Loop, Apple Tree Loop, Dogwood Loop, and Laurel Loop areas of the campground. Much of the wood from the trees will be taken to local mills for lumber and wood chips.

During the closure period, the area will not be safe for onlookers. Workers will be using large equipment that can inadvertently create projectiles that can fly hundreds of feet. Even when workers are not present, there may be hanging branches that can fall at any moment. Stay out of the area until work is complete and the area has been assessed for safety hazards. Closure signs and barriers posted at trails and roads leading into the campground will be removed when the area reopens.

Clean-up and planting will occur after tree removal, but the campground will look very different when it reopens. The area will be less shady, stumps will be visible, and there will be some remaining debris on the ground. Forests are ever-changing and with time the tree removals will be much less noticeable.

For information on other campgrounds in the area, check out https://go.usa.gov/xpehr or call the Pisgah Ranger District at 828-877-3265.

Closure Map