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National Forest Service closes campsites

The National Forests in North Carolina is closing all campgrounds as of Monday for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

The order includes all concessionaire operated campgrounds and all day-use areas associated with those campgrounds. Campgrounds will be closed until at least May 15, at which point they will be reevaluated.

The following is a list of campgrounds that will be closed beginning March 23. Some campgrounds are currently closed for the season, and these campgrounds will remain closed.

Campgrounds closing in Pisgah National Forest are:
Black Mountain Campground
Briar Bottom Group Camp
Carolina Hemlocks Campground
Cove Creek Group Camp
Curtis Creek Campground
Davidson River Campground
Harmon Den Horse Camp
Kuykendall Group Camp
Lake Powhatan Campground
Mortimer Campground
North Mills River Campground
Sunburst Campground
Wash Creek Horse Camp
White Pines Group Camp
Wolf Ford Horse Camp

Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages of any changes affecting their reservation. Visitors will receive a full refund for their reservation.

By closing campsites and group recreation sites, the USDA Forest Service is taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of employees and the public. The health and safety of employees and the nearby communities is always our top priority at the USDA Forest Service. Please remember to review current recommendations from the CDC and focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers.