National Forests in North Carolina closes all campgrounds

Release Date: Mar 22, 2020

Asheville, NC, March 22, 2020 - The National Forests in North Carolina will close all campgrounds as of Monday, March 23, for the health and safety of visitors and staff. This includes all concessionaire operated campgrounds and all day-use areas associated with those campgrounds. Campgrounds will be closed until at least May 15, at which point they will be reevaluated.

The following is a list of campgrounds that will be closed beginning March 23. Some campgrounds are currently closed for the season, and these campgrounds will remain closed.

Croatan National Forest

Cedar Point Campground

Flanners Beach Campground

Oyster Point Campground


Uwharrie National Forest

Arrowhead Campground

Badin Lake Campground

Badin Lake Group Campground

Badin Horse Campground (and overflow)

Canebrake Horse Campground (and overflow)

Uwharrie Hunt Camp

West Morris Mountain Campground

Yates Place Camp


Pisgah National Forest

Black Mountain Campground

Briar Bottom Group Camp

Carolina Hemlocks Campground

Cove Creek Group Camp

Curtis Creek Campground

Davidson River Campground

Harmon Den Horse Camp

Kuykendall Group Camp

Lake Powhatan Campground

Mortimer Campground

North Mills River Campground

Sunburst Campground

Wash Creek Horse Camp

White Pines Group Camp

Wolf Ford Horse Camp


Nantahala National Forest

Appletree Group Camp

Balsam Lake Lodge

Bristol Fields Horse Camp

Cable Cove Campground

Cheoah Point Campground

Horse Cove Campground

Jackrabbit Mountain Campground

Kimsey Creek Group Camp

Rattler Ford Group Camp

Standing Indian Campground

Swan Cabin

Tsali Campground

Van Hook Glade Campground

Wine Spring Horse Camp


The National Forests in North Carolina continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to reservations and our reservation policies through Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages of any changes affecting their reservation. Visitors will receive a full refund for their reservation.

By closing campsites and group recreation sites, the USDA Forest Service is taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of employees and the public. The health and safety of employees and the nearby communities is always our top priority at the USDA Forest Service. Please remember to review current recommendations from the CDC and focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers. 

Visitors are primarily responsible for their own safety. Keep in mind, trails and roads may be open for use, but please recreate responsibly and follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. Law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High risk activities such as rock climbing or motorized activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. For the most current and accurate information about COVID-19, contact your local health officials or visit the CDC website at Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at:

For an updated list of forest closures please visit our Alerts and Notices website at

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