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Fall 2004 Closures

The late summer and early fall has brought a great deal of damage to our trails and roads in the Southern Appalachians. The recent Tropical depressions and remnants of hurricanes have wreaked a type of havoc on our trails and roads that has not been seen in this lifetime.

For the third week in a row, I have been greeted at the trail head with what is now a familiar sign; "Trail Closed".

Before you go, check with the appropriate agency to insure that your hiking destination is not restricted. Below you will find the contact numbers that you need.

 

Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests: http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/press/storm.htm
Great Smoky Mountain National Park: http://nps.gov/grsm/gsmsite/roadinfo.html
South Carolina State Parks: (803) 734-1700
North Carolina State Parks: http://www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject/ncparks_operations.html
Grandfather Mountain: http://www.grandfather.com/contact.htm
Blue Ridge Parkway: (828) 298-0398

Wilson Creek Storm Damage Gallery


What is left of a campground that was here for many years

Camping trailers that have resided here since the early 1960's have washed away

A washed out bridge

A brand new travel trailer washed into a stand of trees

Close up of the travel trailer

Many forest roads have damage that have made them impassable for passenger cars

Debris from a washed away campground litters the banks of Wilson Creek

Damaged bridge at the Wilson Creek Visitors Center


Wilson Creek

Wilson Creek

Kayaker

"Duckie" paddler in trouble

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