U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The National Forests in North Carolina is providing the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

Mortimer Trails Project

The Mortimer Trails Project, planned in coordination with local partners, will increase the sustainability of the trail system and add 10 additional miles of mountain biking and hiking trails to the Wilson Creek Area in Caldwell and Avery Counties.

Shared Stewardship

The National Forests in North Carolina have a rich history of working with partners to accomplish cross-boundary landscape level restoration and conservation objectives. 

Nantahala District Ranger Mike Wilkins Retires

Mike Wilkins, Nantahala District Ranger, retires from the USDA Forest Service after serving 40 years.

Grandfather Restoration Collaborative Recognized for USFS Award

The Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest and a collaborative group of partners have received  award from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region.

Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park is a brand new initiative that invites fourth graders and their families to enjoy our beautiful National Parks for free!

Croatan and Uwharrie National Forests Monitoring Program Transition

The Croatan and Uwharrie NFs Forest Plans were developed under the authority of the 1982 Planning Rule. In 2012, the US Forest Service adopted a new planning rule that will direct future forest plan revisions. The 2012 Planning Rule (26 CFR 219) requires us to modify our forest monitoring program by May 9, 2016 to meet the Planning Rule’s monitoring requirements. After a comprehensive review of the existing monitoring programs, the text of the Monitoring Programs has been edited to be consistent with the 2012 Planning Regulations.


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Use of Drones (UAS) on National Forests in North Carolina

Rules and regulations for drone use on the National Forests in North Carolina.

Dogs must be leashed in Bent Creek

Bent Creek is popular with hikers, bikers, and runners and many people bring their dog along for a great outdoor experience. To ensure the safety of your dog and other visitors, you must keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times.

Why do we burn?

Prescribed fire is an important part of management on the National Forests in North Carolina. These prescribed fires not only reduce the risk of wildfires, but also benefits natural resources and increases biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

Forest Service to Hold Open Houses at District Offices

The U.S. Forest Service will hold open houses at district offices on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in September and October. 

New Guide to Neuse River/Flanners Beach Area Now Available

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina has published a new recreation opportunity guide on the Neuse River/Flanners Beach Complex in the Croatan National Forest.

Tree Planting Marks Job Corps 50th Anniversary

Local leaders joined Forest Service officials and many others on Aug. 22, 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps program.

2021 Kids Fishing Days on National Forests in North Carolina

A list of 2021 Kids Fishing Day events happening on the National Forests in North Carolina.

Temporary rock cliff closures to protect peregrine falcons

Each year the U.S. Forest Service closes several rock faces in Western NC to recreational activities, to protect the rare Peregrine Falcons that nest there.

Every Kid in a Park

The Forest Service offers places for hiking, biking, skiing, nature viewing, and scenic drives. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. However, some do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage, and improve your national forests and grasslands. Through the Every Kid in a Park program, fourth graders can obtain a pass for free access to 2,000-plus federal land and water sites across the US for one full year.


U.S. Forest Service to Host Contractor Industry Days

The U.S. Forest Service is hosting Industry Days on February 21, 23, and 24 to provide information and assistance to contractors who may be interested in bidding on project work on the National Forests in North Carolina.

Stay Safe in the Woods this Winter

The U.S. Forest Service encourages visitors to the National Forests of North Carolina to use caution when recreating this winter because of additional hazards in the woods. Your safety is your responsibility. Take these preventative measures to help keep yourself safe:

  • Avoid traveling alone. If you must travel alone, share your plans. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Know your limits and choose activities that are appropriate for your physical condition.
  • Use appropriate tires and footwear and adjust your speed or pace where there is snow or ice.
  • Carry emergency kits containing water, food, blankets, and matches.
  • Dress in layers which can be adjusted to the conditions and bring extra clothing in case you get wet.

Trail improvements at Catawba Falls

The Forest Service is working to improve safety at Catawba Falls Trail, a popular hiking trail near Old Fort, NC. 

Oconaluftee JCCCC Receives Highest USDA Service Award

The Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center recently received one of only twelve 2012 MLK Drum Major for Service Awards from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). This award is the highest national service award offered by the USDA and represents a tremendous commitment to improving the lives of others through community engagement.

Hilliard Retires as Forest Service Supervisor in North Carolina

After spending more than three decades working for the USDA Forest Service, Marisue Hilliard retired at the end of 2011 as forest supervisor of the National Forests in North Carolina...

Roadside parking – be a hero not a hazard

Weekends are especially busy on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Beautiful views are unlimited but parking is not. Once a trailhead parking lot is full, many drivers park on roadsides. While parking is permitted on the shoulder of some roads, vehicles must not obstruct traffic. Blocked roadways can lead to accidents and delay emergency responders.

Forest Service Improves “Brookie” Habitat in Western North Carolina

The Forest Service has worked with partners to improve brook trout habitat by reducing habitat fragmentation at road crossings and by treating acidic streams using limestone sand. 

Campfire Safety

Find campfire safety tips and fire restriction information for the National Forests in North Carolina here.

Young Forests Can Benefit Wildlife

It’s easy to think of forests as peaceful, unchanging places. In reality, this isn’t the case, because forests are much more dynamic than they may seem. In fact, the forests are shaped by change, and many forest ecosystems depend upon it.

Rules on unmanned aircraft on and near public lands

The US Forest Service urges hobbyists using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to follow the rules and regulations while recreating.

Final Trail Strategy Meetings Scheduled for Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina announced the dates and locations of the last two meetings held as part of the Non-motorized Trail Strategy initiative for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

Fall Foliage in Western North Carolina

Fall is a great time to visit the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in western North Carolina to view leaves adorned in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.

QR Codes Tell the Story of the Uwharrie Trail

Hikers of a popular trail in North Carolina’s Piedmont region can now have a personally guided tour, with no other person present.

New Forest Service Canine Team Finds Early Success

They have worked together for only two months in the Uwharrie National Forest, but U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Charles Foote and his new K-9 partner Bluff have already received an award.

Living Next Door to the National Forests in North Carolina

Living next to a national forest allows homeowners to enjoy the forest’s scenic beauty, closeness to nature and recreation opportunities.

Prescribed Burns Promote Longleaf Restoration along the Coastal Plain

“We use prescribed burns as a tool to promote the growth of longleaf pine on the Croatan National Forest and to benefit native species that rely on this forest type,” said Ranger Jim Gumm. “Prescribed fires also reduce fuel buildup on the forest floor, thereby decreasing risk of catastrophic fires. This creates a safer environment for communities surrounding the forest.”

Job Corps Celebrates 50 Years of Transforming Lives

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps program at the Schenck Job Corps.

Late Summer Getaway – Jackrabbit Mountain

Looking for a September vacation destination? Consider the Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area in the Tusquitee Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest.

Input Received on Three Key Plan Revision Issues

People gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on April 17 to provide input on three key topics being addressed in the revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest management plan.

A Memorial to Jason Crisp and Maros

The U.S. Forest Service mourned the loss of Jason Crisp, a 38-year-old law enforcement officer on the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.

Ramping Up in the Spring

For some visitors, spring in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests means collecting ramps, a southern culinary treat.

Symposium on Disturbances and Range of Variation in Hardwood Forests

The U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station will host a symposium titled “Natural Disturbances and Historic Range of Variation in Central Hardwood Forests” on April 3, 2014.

Draft Assessment Report available Online

Read the draft Assessment Report, prepared as part of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest management plan revision process, now available online. 

Fees Waived at Popular Recreation Sites on Jan. 20

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina will waive fees at two day-use recreation sites on Jan. 20, 2014, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Volunteers and Conservation Education: A Winning Combination

Volunteers recently talked with more than 100 youths in five classes about a variety of forest-related topics, hoping to instill an early interest in safety and conservation.

Growing Chestnut Trees and Hope in Western North Carolina

Working with others, the U.S. Forest Service may be one step closer to restoring the American chestnut tree to the mountains of western North Carolina.

Interns Helping to Repair Roads in National Forests

While Angeliz Vangas and Hanniah Rodriguez have served as interns for the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina for just a short time, they’re making a big impact.

North Carolina Fire Crew to Help Fight Fires in Northern California

Twenty U.S. Forest Service employees from North Carolina are leaving to help fight fires in northern California. The employees are members of a Type 2 Initial Attack Crew.

Updated Recreation Map Available Online

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina has updated the recreation map of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The map is available online.

New Croatan National Forest Recreation Guide Available Online

The U.S. Forest Service has unveiled the new recreation guide to the Croatan National Forest.

Living Next Door to the National Forests in North Carolina

Living next to a national forest allows homeowners to enjoy the forest’s scenic beauty, closeness to nature and recreation opportunities.

Fishing Day Helps Kids Connect with the Outdoors

The USDA Forest Service held it’s annual Kids Fishing Day at Cedar Swamp Pond in the Croatan National Forest on June 8. Over 60 children attended and had the opportunity to get familiar with their national forest.

Veterans to Help Restore Historic Site in Uwharrie National Forest

Approximately 8 veterans will receive hands-on learning this month while helping to restore a historic site at the Uwharrie National Forest.

Free Admission to four sites on Get Outdoors Day

As part of National Get Outdoors Day, June 8, the U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at four popular locations in western North Carolina. National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.

Forest Officials Issue Alert about Flash Flood Danger

National forest officials have issued a flash flood bulletin for nearby communities and people who camp outdoors. A flash flood is a serious weather event for forest visitors because rising flood water is extremely dangerous—a sudden surge can claim victims in less than one minute.

Plan Revision Meetings Scheduled across Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina announced that all six district public meetings are now scheduled as part of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests management plan (the Plan) revision.

New York Native Talks Forest Safety in North Carolina

As a media specialist, Amarra’s primary duties focused on reaching out to under-represented and minority communities around Asheville. After studying Forest Service materials, she delivered presentations about wildfire prevention, bear safety and other safety issues. She also provided information on prescribed burning and the management of the national forests.

Forest Service Offers New Bill Payment Website

The Forest Service is pleased to announce the release of a new Bill Payment website!  The website offers customers an additional payment option as well as a more convenient way of paying their Forest Service bills. Click the link to read more.

1890s Scholar Manages Wildlife in Western NC

By middle school, Le’Andra Smith already knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.

The People’s Tree visits Asheville

With Christmas rapidly approaching, Asheville citizens were greeted by the Capitol Christmas tree on Nov. 21.

Leaving Forest Plants for the Next Generation

In late August and through the month of September, the Forest Service will sell permits for harvesting ginseng in the national forests in western North Carolina. Ginseng is one of a number of forest products that visitors can harvest in national forests with a permit.

Kids Fishing Day Draws Dozens to the Croatan

More than 100 children enjoyed one of America’s favorite past times during the Croatan National Forests’ 2012 Kids Fishing held June 9 at Cedar Swamp Pond.

Accessible Fishing Opportunities Abound in National Forests

National Fishing and Boating Week is June 2-10. It’s a time when fishing fanatics and amateur anglers will visit the national forests in North Carolina to try their hands at landing “the big one.”

Anglers in wheelchairs or with other physical disabilities who visit the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests in North Carolina have a number of accessible piers to choose from. Some of these piers provide access to premier trout fishing destinations.

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Murrey Named Executive Director of Cradle of Forestry

Carlton Murrey has been named executive director of the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association. Murrey will lead all aspects of the growth and operation of the Interpretive Association in conjunction with its Board of Directors. He began his new role in January 2012.

4th Annual Wolf Pit Work Day

Thanks to all our hardworking volunteers!

Catawba Falls Trail Construction Complete

All construction phases are complete on the Catawba Falls Trail, area is now open to visitors. 

TOTAL FIRE BAN in effect for Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie National Forests

Beginning on November 22, 2016 the Uwharrie National Forest also implemented a fire ban. See the closure order here. The State of North Carolina has also issued a burn ban for a total of 47 western NC counties.


ASHEVILLE, NC – November 10, 2016 - The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are implementing a TOTAL FIRE BAN due to the extremely dry conditions, high fire danger, and little chance of rain in the immediate forecast.

Beginning on November 10, 2016, the following restrictions are in place for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests until further notice:

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire (including charcoal based fire whether in a grill or not) is NOT ALLOWED anywhere on the National Forest.

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Volunteers Help Improve Trail Complex at Uwharrie National Forest

During St. Patrick’s Day weekend, volunteers with the nonprofit organization Tread Lightly! joined the recreation staff of the Uwharrie National Forest to improve a popular off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail in the national forest.

Restoring North Carolina’s National Forests

Restoration is one of the major themes across the four national forests of North Carolina. The Forest Service’s goal is to restore and increase key tree and other species to their native ranges.

An example of this effort is the Grandfather Restoration Project, one of 10 new projects announced by Secretary Vilsack this winter under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program. The Secretary announced an initial funding of $605,000 for the first year of the project.

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Restoration in North Carolina

The National Forests in North Carolina is engaged in a collaborative restoration planning process, with partners and the public to identify and prioritize ecological restoration goals for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Restoration efforts in western North Carolina are focused on restoring and maintaining healthy forests and ecosystems that are resilient to existing and future stressors including climate change.