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National Forests reopen some roads in WNC

Some areas and roads in National Forests  in North Carolina and along the Blue Ridge Parkway were impacted heavily and will remain temporarily closed until they can be safely reopened. (Photo credit: MGN)

The U.S. Forest Service has reopened most recreation areas and roads on the National Forests in North Carolina.

Damage assessments are ongoing following Hurricane Irma. Some areas and roads were impacted heavily and will remain temporarily closed until they can be safely reopened.

"The health, safety, and well-being of the public is our number one priority," U.S. Forest Service officials said in a news release. "Visitors should continue to take precautions. Be aware of the potential for rising water and falling trees and limbs. Low lying areas are especially vulnerable to rapidly rising and swift water and should be avoided during and after major storm events.

The following National Forest System Roads and recreation areas will remain closed until further notice:

Pisgah National Forest

Appalachian Ranger District

  • NFSR #74 Stony Fork Road
  • NFSR #63 Big Ivy Road

Nantahala National Forest

Tusquitee Ranger District

  • NFSR #351 Nelson Ridge Road

Nantahala Ranger District

  • NFSR #367 Little Yellow Mountain Road
  • Cliffside Recreation Area, including Van Hook Glade Campground
  • Standing Indian Campground

Storm cleanup continues on the Blue Ridge Parkway with some sections reopening by midday Wednesday.

More than 300 miles of parkway had downed trees and storm damage, and a wide variety of conditions exist across this large area. Sections that remain closed have substantial tree and rock damage requiring more indepth and technical cleanup. Remaining closed sections include:

  • Milepost 265 - 294.6, including Cone Memorial Park
  • Milepost 305 - 324, including Linville Falls
  • Milepost 331 - 382, including Crabtree Falls and Craggy Gardens
  • Milepost 385 - 469, including Pisgah and Waterrock Knob
  • The Pisgah Inn, at Milepost 408, remains closed due to a power outage

These sections of parkway are closed to all traffic, including cyclists and hikers. All NC campgrounds in this section are expected to open by Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

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