Published Jul 5, 2014
UPDATE July 5, 2014: The U.S. Forest Service has reopened all recreational areas in the Croatan National Forest. Campgrounds and other areas in the national forest were closed Thursday due to the approach of a tropical storm.
Stevin Wescott of the U.S. Forest Service office in Asheville, NC, tells AppalachianTrail.com all campgrounds in the Croatan National Forest will be closed down at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in preparation for impending Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to create hazardous weather conditions on July 3-4.
The closure affects the following campgrounds:
The Forest Service plans to keep roads in the national forest open through the weekend; however some of the Croatan day-use areas will be closed.
The agency will announce when the campgrounds will be reopened. Campers who had reservations at the campgrounds can be reimbursed for any payments made by contacting www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777.
Visitors with questions regarding the closures can call the Croatan District Ranger office during regular business hours at: 252-638-5628, ext. 4003.
The National Weather Service is predicting the tropical storm will bring winds approaching 50 mph and 4 inches of rain to the Croatan National Forest.
The safety of forest visitors and employees is top priority at the Forest Service.
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