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Federal Government Shutdown: Campground Closures and Other Details

Due to a lapse in federal funding most National Forest facilities are closed as of October 1.

The Asheville Citizen-Times published a helpful article “Navigating the shutdown in Asheville, WNC” which details areas and services that will be affected by the government shutdown.

The US Forest Service issued the following announcement regarding campgrounds in North Carolina:

Most facilities in the national forests in North Carolina are closed due to a lapse in federal government funding. Only the following campgrounds, operated by concessionaires, are open: Pisgah National Forest: Black Mountain; Briar Bottom Group Camp; Carolina Hemlocks; Cove Creek; Davidson River; Kimsey Creek Group: Kuykendall Group; Lake Powhatan Recreation Area; North Mills River Recreation Area; Sunburst Recreation Area; and White Pines Group. Nantahala National Forest: Cliffside Day Use Area; Van Hook Glade; and Standing Indian/Kimsey Creek/Hurricane Creek. Visitors may still use undeveloped recreational areas. No restrooms or trash collection are available. Only essential Forest Service employees will continue working. All volunteer activities are cancelled. The National Recreation Reservation Service, www.recreation.gov, is closed.

The US Forest Service Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan Revision public workshop that was scheduled for October 5, was cancelled due to the lapse in federal government funding. A new date has not yet been announced.

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