Season openers: U.S. Forest Service announces opening of campgrounds, recreation areas

Press release from the U.S. Forest Service

Many Recreation Sites Now Open in the Mountains

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina today announced that numerous campgrounds and recreation sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests are now open for the 2013 season.

Opening Monday, April 1

• Mortimer (Pisgah National Forest)
• Curtis Creek (Pisgah National Forest)
• Lake Powhatan (Pisgah National Forest)
• Sunburst (Pisgah National Forest)
• Van Hook Glade (Nantahala National Forest)
• Appletree Group Camp (Nantahala National Forest)
• Cable Cove (Nantahala National Forest)
• Tsali (Nantahala National Forest)
• Horse Cove (Nantahala National Forest)

In addition, Balsam Lake Lodge in the Nantahala National Forest just recently opened. Davidson River and North Mills River Campgrounds are open year-round, as are the Pisgah District’s three group camps.

Day-use Areas Also open are:
• Cliffside Lake (Nantahala National Forest)
• Cherokee Lake (Nantahala National Forest)
• Murray Branch (Pisgah National Forest)
• Poplar Boat Launch (Pisgah National Forest)
• Stackhouse Boat Launch (Pisgah National Forest)
• Restroom facilities at Sycamore Flats and Coon Tree (Pisgah National Forest)

Off-Highway Vehicle Trail Complexes
• Wayehutta (Nantahala National Forest)
• Brown Mountain (Pisgah National Forest)

Opened Friday, March 29

• Standing Indian Campground (Nantahala National Forest)
• Cheoah Point Campground (Nantahala National Forest)

For more information about recreation in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests, visit and click on “Recreation,” or click here.


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