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US Forest Service Trail Closures

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the MTA is hopeful that you are staying well and coping with this "new different." We will do our best to keep you updated on outdoor recreation closures. We also hope you are finding opportunities to get outside to enjoy the Spring weather, blooming plants and getting much-needed walks and hikes. Here are the latest closures announced by the U.S. Forest Service effective April 13.
 
Take care and stay well.
 
The U. S. Forest Service closed several trails and recreation sites in the Pisgah National Forest, including some in McDowell County.
 
The complete list of trail and site closures can be found here on the U.S. Forest Service website.
 
In the Grandfather District which includes McDowell County the closures include:
 
  • Catawba Falls

  • Shortoff
  • Little Table Rock
  • Table Rock Summit
  • Table Rock Gap
  • Hawksbill
  • Linville Falls Access
 
Grandfather District site Closures include:
  •  Catawba Falls Trailhead
  • Curtis Creek Campground
  • Curtis Creek Roadside Campsites
  • Hawksbill Trailhead
  • Linville Falls Trailhead
  • Tablerock Picnic Area and Trailhead
  • ·Toms Creek Falls Trailhead
  • Wolfpit Trailhead
 
Many popular areas in the Pisgah district are closed including access to the Mountains to the Sea Trail (MST) and the Appalachian Trail (AT). See the the link above for the complete list.
 
Roads closed for the winter will not be opening until a later date.
 
In addition to the National Forest Service closures, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and area NC State Parks are closed.
 
Locally, the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway, Greenlee Park, Corpening YMCA Greenway, and the Peavine remain open. The Point Lookout Trail is open.
 
For all these sites, please remember to practice social distancing. When you meet others on the greenway walk to the right in single file to allow others to pass with at least six feet separation. If you arrive at a parking area and it is full this is a good indication the greenway will be crowded. Choose another destination to walk or return at another time.
 
Thank you for following all COVID-19 precautions and guidelines. Stay home and limit going out to essentials.

For more information visit McDowell Trails Association: www.mcdowelltrails.org

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