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The national forests in North Carolina offer a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. From the mountains to the sea, there are many exciting adventures awaiting your visit to these national forests. Please keep in mind that all outdoor recreational activities on the Croatan, Pisgah, Nantahala and Uwharrie national forests, including activities at recreation sites, have inherent risks due to the natural setting in which they occur. We strongly encourage you to visit our regional Outdoor Safety in the South website before planning your trip. This site provides valuable information on weather safety, wildlife safety and much more. Always remember, your safety is your responsibility.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Ammons Branch Campground Open Open
Appalachian Trail Shelters None None The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) is open. Trail shelters are available. Hikers are advised to bring a personal tent and face coverings. Shelters might not be frequently maintained at all locations. Dispersed camping is also available. Not all privies are open or maintained. Guidance is available on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) website for trip planning, hiking safety and COVID-19 precautions.
Appletree Group Campground Closed Closed
Arrowhead Campground Open Open
Art Lilley Campground Closed Closed
Badin Lake Campground Open Open
Black Mountain Campground Closed Closed
Black Swamp OHV Trailhead Open Open
Boone Fork Campground Closed Closed
Briar Bottom Group Campground Closed Closed
Cable Cove Recreation Area None None The campground and restrooms are closed. The Cable Cove Boat Launch provides year-round access to Fontana Lake for boating and fishing activities. 
Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area Closed Closed
Cedar Point Campground Open Open
Cheoah Point Recreation Area None None
Cloudland TR 1000 Closed Closed
Cloudland Trail # 1000-Roan Mountain Area Closed Closed
Cold Springs TR 302 None None
Coontree Picnic Area Open Open
Cove Creek Group Campground Open Open
Curtis Creek Campground Open Open
Davidson River Recreation Area Open Open
Flanners Beach/Neuse River Campground Open Open
Hanging Dog Recreation Area None None Hanging Dog Campground will not re-open. For more information see this news release. Day use facilities on Hiwassee Lake remain open.
Harmon Den Area Not Cleared Not Cleared 1/9/2024 Cold Springs Road #148 and Brown Gap Road #148A in Haywood County due to a rock slide that occurred during storms on 1/9/2024. Please contact the main office at 828-689-9694 for condition report. 
Horse Cove Campground Open Open
Hurricane Creek Horse & Primitive Campground Open Open
Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area Open Open
Kimsey Creek Group Campground Open Open
Kuykendall Group Campground Open Open Only accessible via south Cathey's Creek Rd.
Lake Powhatan Campground Open Open
Looking Glass Falls Scenic Area Open Open
Max Patch Open Open Forest Closure Order regarding camping and other activities extended to 2026
Mortimer Campground Open Open Reservations required
North Mills River Campground Open Open
Oyster Point Campground Open Open
Rattler Ford Campground Closed Closed
Roan Mountain Day Use Area Closed Closed
Roan Mountain Garden TR 1002 Closed Closed Closed
Rocky Bluff Campground Closed Closed
Sliding Rock Recreation Area None None
Standing Indian Campground Closed Closed
Sunburst Campground Open Open Open March 23th – November 15th
Sycamore Flats Picnic Area Open Open
Tsali Recreation Area None None
Van Hook Glade Campground Open Open
West Morris Mtn. Campground Open Open
White Pines Group Campground Open Open
Wolf Ford Horse Camp Open Open
Yates Place Open Open

Spotlights

Rocky Bluff Campground

Page last updated:4/4/2024

Rocky Bluff Campground will be closed for the 2024 season due to multiple maintenance issues. 

 

 

 

 

 

When Open, campsites are available by reservation only and must be made at least 2 days in advance of desired arrival date. Combination gate code given upon reservation, through email. District office cannot give out code in the event of loss of number. *Please make note- unavailable campsites are listed as "FF" on recreation.gov. This does not mean there are any "first come, first served" campsites. There are no FF campsites on Rocky Bluff.  To make reservations call (877) 444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov.

Rocky Bluff Campground offers solitude in a wooded setting and is located 3 miles south of Hot Springs. The 1.2 mile Spring Creek Nature Trail circles the campground and meanders beside the creek, an excellent trout stream. Open during the weekend of Memorial Day-during the weekend of Labor Day. Please see www.recreation.gov for actual opening and closure dates.

Stackhouse Boat Launch

Page last updated 11/8/2023

Provides boating access to the French Broad River. 

Black Swamp OHV Trailhead

Area to reopen on March 2nd 2024

This trail offers eight off-highway-vehicle trail miles for riders. The trail is designated for all-terrain vehicles and trail bikes.  ATVs are defined as having seat to be straddled by the operator and a handlebar for steering, with three, four, or six wheels and under 60 inches in width.

Riding off-highway vehicles at Black Swamp OHV Trail on the Croatan National Forest requires a pass sold only on Recreation.gov.

At the website, search on Black Swamp OHV and select the 1-day pass for $5 or the annual pass for $30.

You don’t need to print a copy of the day pass. You can store the pass on your smart phone or other device and show it to confirm your purchase. If you buy an annual pass, you can print the pass to display on your tow vehicle.

  • Each OHV needs a pass.
  • You must enter the names for each rider and a license plate for each tow vehicle that will be at the trailhead. A state driver’s license must be available to show during a law enforcement compliance check.
  • Passes can be downloaded to each rider’s phone or printed at home and carried on the trail. You can email and text passes to each rider if one person is making purchases for multiple riders.

Black Mountain / South Toe River Area

The South Toe River area is on the Appalachian Ranger District near Burnsville, NC. This area includes the Black Mountains, the Blue Ridge, and the headwaters of the South Toe River. The Black Mountains, capped with a forest of red spruce and Fraser fir, are named for the resulting dark color. Along the South Toe River, you can camp, picnic, fish, swim, tube, bike, and horseback ride.

Page last updated 1/30/2024