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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

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Ammons Branch Campground Open Open
Appalachian Trail Shelters Open Open 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 Open Open
Arrowhead Campground Open Open
Art Lilley Campground Open Open
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
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 Closed Closed Opens Memorial Day
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
Mortimer Campground Closed Closed Reservations required
Murray Branch Picnic Area Closed Closed
North Mills River Campground Open Open
Oyster Point Campground Open Open
Rattler Ford Campground Open Open
Roan Mountain Closed Closed
Rocky Bluff Campground Closed Closed
Sliding Rock Recreation Area None None
Standing Indian Campground Open Open
Sunburst Campground Open Open Open March 27th – November 16th
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


Black Swamp OHV Trailhead

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

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.