Based primarily on predicted sustained winds and gusts, the Appalachian Ranger District on the Pisgah National Forest has closed the following recreation areas and roads listed below starting Sunday, Sept 10. All are expected to re-open by Thursday if damage is minimal.

Recreation Areas: Roan Mountain day use, Murray Branch day use, Black Mountain Campground, Briar Bottom C
Campground, Carolina Hemlocks Campground
, (note that Rocky Bluff is already closed for the season)


  • South Toe River NFSR # 472
  • Neal’s Creek NFSR # 2074
  • Flat Top # 278
  • Big Ivy NFSR # 74
  • Stoney Fork NFSR # 63
  • Roan Mountain NFSR # 235
  • Hickey Fork NFSR # 465
  • Mill Ridge NFSR # 113
  • Rich Mountain NFSR # 467A

Mountain view from Cherohala Skyway

The Nantahala National Forest is closing all camping areas including Ammons Branch, Standing Indian, Van Hook Glade, Hanging Dog, and Jack Rabbit campgrounds effective Sunday, Sept 10 at 2 pm, until Hurricane Irma passes and storm damage can be assessed locally. Campgrounds are expected to reopen Wednesday, Sept 13.

Our highest priority is visitor safety. High winds, especially in ridgetop areas, are predicted for Sunday night through Tuesday night which will make camping extremely dangerous due to the potential for falling trees. We strongly recommend NO camping in the backcountry while the storm passes through the area.

Remember, your safety is your responsibility. Please take storm warnings seriously and don’t risk your life for a night of sleeping under the stars!


Based on predicted 40 mph sustained winds and 50 mph gusts from Hurricane Irma passing through the area, the following areas are closed until further notice.
Campgrounds – closed starting Monday, 9/10, at 8 am

  • Davidson River CG
  • Lake Powhatan CG
  • North Mills River CG
  • Sunburst CG
  • All Group Campsites and Horse Camps
  • All Designated Roadside Campsites
  • Day Use Areas
  • Sycamore Flats Picnic Area and Cradle of Forestry in America
  • National Forest Roads (Closures beginning today)
  • Yellow Gap (#1206)
  • Wash Creek (#5000)
  • Avery Creek (#477)
  • NFSR #475B
  • Bent Creek (#479) from Ledford Branch TH to Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Courthouse Creek (#140)