Winding Stairs Road Reopens in Nantahala National Forest

Published Oct 27, 2014

Winding Stairs Road in North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest has been closed for so long -- "how long was it" -- that noobs might not know it was ever open.

Not Winding Stairs Road

Not Winding Stairs Road ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Winding Stairs Road runs from the Queens Lake area of Macon County to the Nantahala River near the Macon and Swain county line.

Approximately two-and-a-half years ago, the Forest Service closed the road following a mud slide that made the road impassable. Then, roughly a year later, the upper section of the road was affected by another storm event that caused a timber blow down and a rock slide.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, Winding Stairs Road in the Nantahala National Forest has reopened following repairs.

Special thanks are in order for those whose generosity and hard work brought this project to conclusion.

"I appreciate the efforts of Ami Shintzky and the Mystic Lands Property Owners Association for making the repairs at a time when the agency lacked sufficient funding," said Mike Wilkins, Nantahala District ranger. "These local residents stepped up to fund the $70,000 project, and they have assumed maintenance for the road."

Such teamwork is rare and often unpublicized. We extend our gratitude to those who shared the load to reopen Winding Stairs Road.

Tags: Appalachian Trail, News, Closings, and Closures

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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Peg on Sep 24, 2017
Thanks for your info of road reopening & blessings to the folks who made it possible. It's one of the most mystic places I have encountered.