Published Nov 16, 2016
Good news from a distant land makes the heart glad. So it is with the news received on November 16, 2016 that the Nantahala Outdoor Center survived the flames of wildfires that threatened so many areas of North Carolina and Georgia along the Appalachian Trail.
NOC is back OPEN for business!
We are so thankful to the U.S. Forest Service as well as the emergency response crews and police from Swain County who worked tirelessly (and still are) to make sure that our community and NOC were protected from the forest fires. While the fires are not fully contained, conditions have greatly improved.
The northbound section of the Appalachian Trail that departs from the NOC is open, along with other select trails in and around the area. Roads leading into the Nantahala Gorge are open, and local businesses look forward to seeing you again!
To celebrate, and to help you celebrate too, they're offering discounts on merchandise, lodging and special meals at Rivers End Restaurant.
Although it appeared on November 12, 2016 that NOC was engulfed in flames, firefighters had set controlled burns to protect this Appalachian Trail treasure.
NOC says, "Their well executed tactics -- including this controlled burn -- helped push the fire away from our structures. At this time our campus as well as other surrounding businesses and homes remain safe and untouched."
We are tremendously thankful that no lives were lost in the tragic wildfires, for all those who risked their lives to help others, and we thank God that the Nantahala Outdoor Center survived.
Tags: Attractions, Appalachian Trail, News, Closures, Robert Sutherland Travel Writer, Hiking Safety, Information, appalachian trail hikers, and nantahala outdoor center survived wildfires
Published Dec 1, 2016. Federal authorities have arrested Keith Eugene Mann, of Franklin, NC, for starting two wildfires inside the Nantahala National Forest.