Well, we knew it was going to happen. We didn’t know when or how soon…but it’s official now. COVID-19 has taken over the Pisgah National Forest and I’m upset.
In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure the health and safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, Pisgah National Forest will temporarily shut down dispersed camping and the roads and trails listed HERE effective April 13, 2020.
Some of my favorites shutdown on the list (one I recently traveled to this past weekend) include Brown Mountain Road, Elk River Falls Trail and Toms Creek Falls Trailhead. This comes from a forest order number 08-11-07-20-071 that prohibits being on certain roads and trails, entering or using a developed recreation site, or camping on the Pisgah National Forest until August 13, 2020, or until rescinded. Yes, that said AUGUST 13TH!
On a brighter note, Nantahala, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests in North Carolina remain available to the public. I guess I’m going to have to get creative with my outdoor activities. Man, I hope this all ends soon.