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National forest recreation sites closed

All recreation sites in the National Forests in North Carolina — including the Pisgah and Nantahala — are now temporarily shut down.

The decision covers picnic pavilions, shooting ranges and all restrooms, including those at trailheads and other recreation sites. Campgrounds, several large developed day use areas, visitor centers and OHV trails have already been shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Nonmotorized travel and dispersed camping are still allowed, provided visitors follow social distancing guidelines. It’s important to follow these guidelines in order to prevent the need for further closures.

 "We realize our communities and our visitors place high value on the recreation opportunities the Forest has to offer," said Forest Supervisor Allen Nicholas. "A lot of discussion and consideration went into this decision. The health and safety of our employees and the public remain our top priority. We believe people understand the serious risks posed by facilities that draw large numbers of people into close proximity to each other. We appreciate your patience and understanding of our efforts to mitigate those risks to protect public health and safety."

Go here for a list of facilities on the National Forests in North Carolina that are temporarily shut down.

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