NC Forest Service Recreation Sites Open


Ranger Christine Hoyer of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Sounds funny, but the forest is open for business for 2013.

That's the word from the U.S. Forest Service office for recreational sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina.

They have campgrounds, day-use areas, off-highway vehicle access, picnic areas and trees.

Lots and lots of trees. Many trees come pre-equipped with real birds.

National Forests in North Carolina -- where gentle mountain slopes stretch for miles -- have gardens of magenta rhododendron, salt marshes that connect to the sea and lakes surrounded by pine forests.

Every year 8.6 million people visit these forests to camp, hike, mountain bike, hunt, fish, take scenic drives or enjoy the forest's solitude.

Click on these National Forests in North Carolina: Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, Croatan for more information.


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

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

Day-use Areas

  • 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)

Click Here for Nantahala & Pisgah National Forest Info

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