Road maintenance

In maintaining National Forest System roads, we consider access for public and forest management activities, environmental impacts, and budget.

The Crossover Project

Learn more about the Crossover Project located on the Cheoah and Tusquitee Ranger Districts, Nantahala National Forest. 

Mortimer Bridge improves habitat of Thorps Creek

The bridge replaces a low-water ford, which was a barrier to the movement of fish and a recurring public safety hazard during flood events.

Twelve Mile Project

This project aims to maintain a healthy, diverse forest that supports wildlife, provides a sustainable output of timber, improves water quality and aquatic habitat, and improves forest access.

Cantrell Creek Project

Cantrell Creek Trail was eroding into a creek, home to hellbenders and brook trout who need water free of excessive sediment. Partners came together to restore the stream and trail.

Croatan Hurricane Recovery Updates

Updates on the Croatan National Forest's recovery after Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Dorian.

Last Update: 10/24/2019

Buck Project Fact Sheet

Information on the Buck Project on the Nantahala National Forest.

Southside Project Fact Sheet

Information on the Southside Project on the Nantahala National Forest

US Forest Service Seeks Applicants for Recreation Advisory Committee

Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee for the US Forest Service seeks applicants to fill seven positions.

Forest Service issues Warning about Black Bears in Panthertown

The Nantahala National Forest is warning visitors going to Panthertown on the Nantahala Ranger District to be on the look-out for black bears.


Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires! A message from Smokey!

Learn how you can help prevent forest fires!

The Importance of Bear Canisters within the Shining Rock Wilderness

For over one year bear canisters have been required for overnight camping within the Shining Rock Wilderness.

It’s All Yours. Go. Play.

A year ago, the Forest Service unveiled a public service effort called “It’s All Yours”.  It invited citizens to explore, play in and connect with nature. 

Permit Required to Collect Firewood

Each year, approximately 2,500 cords of wood are harvested from the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests.

River rangers power up on the Pisgah National Forest

River rangers begin work on the Pisgah National Forest.

Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision

The U.S. Forest Service is revising the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan.

What Does Restoration Look Like?

Forest restoration is something that is talked about a lot these days. But what does restoration really look like on the ground? 

Tracking Wildlife Responses to Fire Restoration in Southern Appalachia

It was my first prescribed burn. After weeks of training... I was finally on the ground – drip torch in hand – ready to apply fire to restore the mixed pine-hardwood forests...

Elk River Falls: Always Beautiful, Sometimes Deadly

Elk River Falls on the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest is a beautiful scenic attraction. It’s also one of the deadliest scenic attractions in Avery County, NC.

2014 Recreation Fee Changes

Fees are changing at seven recreation sites in the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests for the 2014 season effective May 7.

Ribbon Cut for New Cherokee Youth Center

The children of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians have a new, environmentally friendly building to learn, play and grow.

Flintlock Valley Shooting Range Reopened

The Flintlock Valley Shooting Range in the Uwharrie National Forest has reopened. The range closed in 2010 because of safety concerns regarding stray bullets

Safety Tips for Hunters and Non-Hunters

Learn how to stay safe when in the national forests this hunting season.

Hydraulic Fracturing & Plan Revision

Learn about how hydraulic fracturing fits into revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests management plan.

I Thought I Knew It All

Rachel Ingram, volunteer intern for the National Forests in North Carolina, describes her experiences teaching students about safety in the national forests.

Kids Fishing Days Events

Children can enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes during special events being held this spring in the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie and Croatan National Forests.

Seasonal Update: Spring 2014

Spring is a great time to visit the national forests in North Carolina and shake off those wintertime blues.

Forest Officials Issue Alert about Flash Flood Danger

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.

Outdoor Safety

Be safe when visiting the national forests.

Bear Safety

Be bear aware this season

Proposed Changes to Recreation Fees

Learn about a proposal to increase fees or adopt a new fee at seven recreation sites.

The Spring issue of Carolina Connections is available

Read Carolina Connections seasonal update, Spring issue

Grandfather Restoration Project

The Grandfather Restoration Project is one of ten projects announced by Secretary Vilsack in February 2012, under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program.

Safety tips during turkey season

Turkey season runs April 14th - May 12th.

Christmas Tree Permits Not Issued for National Forests in North Carolina

Christmas Tree Permit information page.

Appalachian Trail Limits of Stay

The U.S. Forest Service has established new limits of stay regulations at all Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Appalachian Trail) shelters.

Climbing Closures in Place to Protect Rare Falcons

Each year, from Jan 15 through Aug 15, the U.S. Forest Service closes several rock faces in Western NC to recreational activities to protect the rare Peregrine Falcons that nest there.

US Forest Service seeks applicants for recreation advisory committee

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking nominations to fill 11 positions on a new Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee for national forests across the Southeast. 

Restoring Fire to the Mountains

Prescribed burning promotes forest health and helps reduce risks to communities

Uwharrie National Forest Management Plan Unveiled

The U.S. Forest Service's revised Uwharrie National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (the Plan) promotes forest restoration and protects waterways. Click the link to learn more.

Final Decisions on Managing Recreation in the Chattooga Corridor


U.S. Forest Service officials announced final decisions on managing recreation in the upper segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River (WSR) Corridor.


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