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Many Recreation Sites Now Open in the Mountains

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina today announced that numerous campgrounds and recreation sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests are now open for the 2013 season.

Opening April 1


  • 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)

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


Day-use Areas

Also open are:

  • 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)


Open as of Friday, March 29

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

For more information about recreation in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests, visit and click on “Recreation,” or click here.

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