Current Closures

Below is a list of current closures on the National Forests in North Carolina

Updated 3/30/2020

To protect public health and safety and align with guidance from State of North Carolina health officials and experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recreation facilities at recreation sites on the National Forests in North Carolina (NFs in NC) will be temporarily shut down effective March 26. This includes picnic pavilions, shooting ranges and all restrooms, including those at trailheads and other recreation sites.

These shutdowns are in addition to previous announcements about developed campgrounds, several large developed day use areas, visitor centers and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail systems, which remain temporarily shut down.


For a complete list of temporarily shutdown trailheads and access points for the Appalachian Trail click here



Croatan National Forest

Cedar Point Campground

Flanners Beach Campground

Oyster Point Campground

Black Swamp OHV Area


Uwharrie National Forest

Arrowhead Campground

Badin Lake Campground

Badin Lake Group Campground

Badin Horse Camp (and Overflow)

Canebrake Horse Camp (and Overflow)

Uwharrie Hunt Camp

West Morris Mountain Campground

Yates Place Campground

King's Mountain Point Day Use Area

Badin Lake OHV Area

Flintlock Valley Shooting Range


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

Carolina Hemlocks Day Use Area

Cradle of Forestry

Catawba Falls

Linville Gorge Information Cabin

Lake Powhatan Recreation Area

North Mills River Recreation Area

Pisgah Ranger District Visitor Center

Sliding Rock

Brown Mountain OHV Area

Butter Gap Trail Shelter

Buckhorn Trail Shelter

Deep Gap Trail Shelter

Brevard & Transylvania County - important message from Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority

Burke County - no overnight camping in the Pisgah National Forest and Linville Gorge, day trips only. See their website for details

McDowell County - avoid all outdoor activities considered to be high risk, no camping overnight in the Pisgah National Forest, Linville Gorge, or along the shoreline of Lake James. See Local State of Emergeny Declaration for details


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

Cheoah Point Beach

Cherokee Lake

Cliffside Lake Day Use Area

Dry Falls

Jackrabbit Mountain Beach

Standing Indian Day Use Area

Wayah Bald

Whiteside Mountain

Whitewater Falls

Wayehutta OHV Area

Dirty John Shooting Range

Moss Knob Shooting Range

Panther Top Shooting Range

Atoah Shooting Range

Graham County - non-resident access is restricted, see their website for details