National Forests in North Carolina closes all campgrounds Asheville, NC

The National Forests in North Carolina will close all campgrounds as of Monday, March 23, for the health and safety of visitors and staff. This 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.

Croatan National Forest
Cedar Point Campground
Flanners Beach Campground
Oyster Point Campground
Uwharrie National Forest
Arrowhead Campground
Badin Lake Campground
Badin Lake Group Campground
Badin Horse Campground (and overflow)
Canebrake Horse Campground (and overflow)
Uwharrie Hunt Camp
West Morris Mountain Campground
Yates Place Camp
Pisgah National Forest
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
Nantahala National Forest
Appletree Group Camp
Balsam Lake Lodge
Bristol Fields Horse Camp
Cable Cove Campground
Cheoah Point Campground
Horse Cove Campground
Jackrabbit Mountain Campground
Kimsey Creek Group Camp
Rattler Ford Group Camp
Standing Indian Campground
Swan Cabin
Tsali Campground
Van Hook Glade Campground
Wine Spring Horse Camp

The National Forests in North Carolina continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to reservations and our reservation policies through 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. 

Visitors are primarily responsible for their own safety. Keep in mind, trails and roads may be open for use, but please recreate responsibly and follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. Law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High risk activities such as rock climbing or motorized activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided.

For the most current and accurate information about COVID-19, contact your local health officials or visit the CDC website at Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: For an updated list of forest closures please visit our Alerts and Notices website at

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