U.S. Forest Service officials remind residents that several roads are now closed as scheduled on the Tusquitte and Cheoah Ranger Districts, Nantahala National Forest. These roads are located in Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties.
The Forest Service closes certain roads to motorized vehicles on the Cheoah Ranger District to help protect wildlife habitat, decrease wildlife disturbance, and reduce road maintenance costs. In addition, the closures can protect public safety during long bouts of adverse weather.
The following roads will be closed Jan. 4 - April 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted:
ROAD - NUMBER - County
Beech Creek - 307 - Cherokee
Cherokee Lake - 313 - Cherokee
Chambers Creek - 2071 - Cherokee
Deep Gap - 71 - Clay
Derreberry Gap - 6148 - Cherokee
Nelson Ridge - 351 - Clay
Panther Gap - 85A - Cherokee
Perry Gap - 350 - Clay
Persimmon Creek - 651 - Cherokee
Stateline Loop - 420-6 - Cherokee
Tellico River - 420-5 - Cherokee
Tatham Gap - 423 - Cherokee
Powerline Cove - 6020 - Cherokee
Big Fat - 62 - Graham
Farley Cove - 407 - Graham
Tatham Gap/Long Creek - 423 - Graham
Long Hungry - 1127 - Graham
Santeelah Creek - 81 - Graham
Emergency road closures due to weather or resource conditions can occur at any time on Forest Service roads. For current road conditions and status, contact the Tusquitee Ranger District at 828-837-5152 or the Cheoah Ranger District at 828-479-6431 during business hours of Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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