Cherokee National Forest closing campgrounds ahead of Hurricane Florence

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The USDA Forest Service announced Thursday that campgrounds and other areas in the northern portion of the Cherokee National Forest will be closing by Friday at noon due to Hurricane Florence.

Forest Service officials are recommending people not use trails or general forest areas because emergency response times will be longer due to the weather. Excessive rain and high wind can cause high water, flash floods, falling trees, mudslides and severe damage to facilities and roads.

The following areas will be closed at noon on Friday and online reservations will be suspended. Canceled reservations will be refunded.

Watauga Ranger District (northeast Tennessee -Carter, Sullivan, and Johnson counties):

  • Developed areas
    • Backbone Rock Campground
    • Backbone Rock Recreation Area Pavilions
    • Little Oak Campground
    • Jacob’s Creek Campground
    • Jacob’s Creek Day Use Area
    • Jacob’s Creek Shooting Range
    • Dennis Cove Campground
    • Shook Branch Day Use Area
    • Rat Branch Boat Ramp
    • Pond Mountain Shooting Range
    • Watauga Point Recreation Area
    • Little Milligan Boat Ramp
    • The Laurels Picnic Area Pavilions
  • Dispersed areas
    • Little Stoney Camping Area

Unaka Ranger District (northeast Tennessee – Cocke, Unicoi and Greene counties):

  • Developed areas
    • Round Mountain
    • Houston Valley
    • Bubbling Springs Shooting Range
    • Paint Creek
    • Horse Creek
    • Rock Creek
    • Chestoa
    • Scioto Shooting Range
    • Round Knob
    • Old Forge
    • Limestone Cove
  • Dispersed areas
    • Weaver’s Bend
    • Paint Creek Corr

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