The Forest Service has asked TPC to keep a running list of updates related to Pisgah National Forest at least until we get through the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please check back to this page often as we will provide updates as soon as they are made available to us.

May 18 - The attachement (see it here) outlines specifically what is being reopened in Pisgah at this time.  The change in the closure order opens all trails to the public except the Campground connector trail in Bent Creek.  It reopens all trailheads except for Hardtimes trailhead and Campground connector trailhead, both in Bent Creek.  In addition, it reopens all roads except Lickstone (FS 97), Courthouse Creek (FS140), Pilot Mountain (FS229), Powhatan Access (FS 481), Yellow Gap (FS 1206) from the gate beyond N Mills River Campground to Hwy 276, and Wash Creek (FS 5080) from Wash Creek Horse Camp to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Those roads remaining closed will be open to hike, bike, and equestrian use.  All developed recreation sites currently remain closed.  All camping in the Pisgah National Forest remains prohibited.  PRD staff will be working over the next few days to implement these openings.
I understand that many of you may be disappointed by the fact that we were not able to get out there and clear the trails of downed trees before they were reopened.  I fully understand and sympathize with that frustration.  I urge you all to be patient as we develop an effective plan for safely returning to trail work.

April 13 - Pisgah National Forest Temporarily Shutting Down Dispersed Camping and Several Roads and Trails - See the press release and complete list here.

March 24 - Just announced by the Transylvania Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Authority: "Due to the limited resources available in Brevard and Transylvania County and out of an abundance of caution for the health and wellness of you, our residents and the staffs of Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park, we recommend that visitors remain home for the time being."

March 22 - The National Forests in North Carolina closed all campgrounds through at least May 15. The order includes all campgrounds within the Pisgah Ranger District, including North Mills River and Davidson River campgrounds. 

March 19 - All volunteer trail work, trail assessments and trainings for the Pisgah Ranger District are paused through April 2.

March 18 - The following bathrooms are closed until further notice: Black Balsam, Sycamore Flats, Rice Pinnacle, Hard Times, and Ledford Branch

March 17 - Pisgah Pride Day 2020 is postponed indefinitely

March 17 - Volunteer Workdays on March 20th and March 28th are cancelled

March 16 - Pisgah Ranger District Visitor Center and adjoining bathrooms are closed until further notice

The National Forests in North Carolina is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously. The National Forests in North Carolina is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public. Social distancing measures, facility closures, and the suspension of some programs are necessary to preserve the health and welfare of Forest Service employees, partners, cooperators, our families, and the local communities in which we live.

By suspending the volunteer program, the National Forests in North Carolina is taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of our employees, our volunteers, and the public. We are monitoring the situation closely, in coordination with local and state health organizations, and we will make any necessary changes should the need arise. The health and well-being of our employees, partners, volunteers, and the people we serve are our top priority.  

For more than 100 years, the Forest Service has brought people and communities together to answer the call of conservation. From campground hosts, trail maintenance, visitor services, research and more, we are grateful for the work of our volunteers who make significant contributions  to the legacy of conservation for future generations. We look forward to continuing those partnerships
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