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National forests announce seasonal road closures

National forests announce seasonal road closures

Seasonal closures in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests have begun, with affected roads closed to motorized vehicles through April. Planned opening dates may change depending on weather. 

These closures help reduce road maintenance costs and decrease wildlife disturbance, allowing the animals to conserve energy while food is scarce. During long bouts of adverse weather, roads may also be closed to protect public safety. Emergency closures can occur at any time. Contact the district ranger office for information about current road conditions.


Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah Ranger District

• Lickstone Road (FSR 97) is closed through Sept. 1 and Investor Gap Gate (FSR 816) is closed through Aug. 15.

Appalachian Ranger District

• The following roads are closed through April 2: Big Ivy (FSR 74), Stony Fork (FSR 63), Cataloochee (FSR 3549), Hickey Fork (FSR 3549), South Toe River (FSR 472) Neals Creek (FSR 2074), Flat Top (FSR 278), Hurricane Gap (FSR 467), Rich Mountain Fire Tower (FSR 467A), Long Arm (FSR 287) and Mills Ridge (FSR 113).

Grandfather Ranger District

• The following roads and recreation areas area closed through April 1: Curtis Creek Campground and Road (FSR 482), New Ginger Cake (FSR 496), Thunder Hole (FSR 4071), Steels Creek (FSR 228), Lost Cove (FSR 464A), Brown Mountain OHV Area (FSR 299) and Table Rock Picnic Area (FSR 99).

• The following roads are closed through Sept. 1: the western half of Dobson Knob (FSR 106) at the second gate, Pearcy Creek (FSR 4101) and Carrol Creek (FSR 4096). 

• The following roads are closed indefinitely due to storm damage: Schoolhouse Ridge (FSR 4068), Jarrett Creek (FSR 4030), Marks  Mountain (FSR 451), Big Chestnut (FSR 198), Craig Creek/Mortimer-Piedmont (FSR 982) and Old House Gap (FSR 192), which is also closed for natural resource protection and maintenance.


Nantahala National Forest

Nantahala Ranger District 

• The following roads are closed through April 1: Boardtree (FSR 388), Deep Gap (FSR 71), Shingletree (FSR 713), Shope Fork (FSR 751), Connelly Creek (FSR 86 through Alarka-Laurel), Winding Stairs (FSR 422), Big Creek (FSR 4567), Moses Creek (FSR 4651), Sugar Creek (FSR 4665), Wolf Mountain (FSR 4663C), Beech Flats (FSR 4668), Upper Nantahala (FSR 67), Shingletree (FSR 713), Ball Creek (FSR 83), Wayah Bald (FSR 69), Little Yellow Mountain (FSR 367), Cold Spring Gap (FSR 4663), Old Bald Road (FSR 4652), Gage Creek (FSR 4648), Charley Knob (FSR 4654). 

Tusquitee Ranger District

• The following roads are closed through April 1: Bear Paw (FSR 435), Cherokee Lake (FSR 313), Deep Gap (FSR 71), Nelson Ridge (FSR 351), Perry Gap (FSR 350), Powerline Cove (FSR 6020), Tellico River (FSR 420-5), Beech Creek (FSR 307), Chambers Creek (FSR 2071), Derreberry Gap (FSR 614B), Panther Gap (FSR 85A), Persimmon Creek (FSR 651), Stateline Loop (FSR 420-6), Tuni Gap (FSR 440), Tatham Gap/Long Creek (FSR 423). 

Cheoah Ranger District

• The following roads are closed through April 1: Big Fat (FSR 62), Tatham Gap/Long Creek (FSR 423), Santeelah Creek (FSR 81), Farley Cove (FSR 407), Long Hungry (FSR 1127). 

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