Published Sep 20, 2012
The National Forests of North Carolina (a division of the USDA) says the Cold Springs Shelter on the Appalachian Trail in the Nantahala National Forest has been closed for repairs until mid-December 2012. The shelter is 1.3 miles north of Burningtown Gap.
Cold Springs shelter -- listed as a national historic site -- was originally constructed from chestnut trees, once common in the region, in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
The Nantahala Hiking Club will repair the bottom seal and footers to add stability to the shelter. The shelter's toilet and drinkable water will remain accessible to hikers as the work is performed.
The Forest Service encourages hikers to use other camping options close to Cold Springs Shelter until the work is completed.
Tags: Attractions, Appalachian Trail, and Hiking
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