Better signage comes to Shining Rock

A group of 13 emergency responders made a 15-mile hike this month to place new wayfinding signs at trail intersections in the Shining Rock area of the Pisgah National Forest.

“We feel like good trail signage will effectively help mitigate many of our calls for lost and/or overdue hikers,” said Haywood County Emergency Management Director Greg Shuping. “Many of our callouts occur when hikers lose their bearings at these decision points.”

Signs were built by U.S. Forest Service staff and constructed under guidelines from the federal Wilderness Act. The volunteers who placed the signs were from Haywood County Search and Rescue, Haywood County Emergency Services and the Cruso Fire Department.

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