Category: National Forests
The potential for the prohibition first came up in April 2013, when officials said the idea was a result of visitor complaints and vandalism at the site.
Today the Forest Service said in a news release that officials had reviewed complaints of "drunken behavior at the site" that had "diminished the quality of the recreational experience and made the area unfriendly to families." The release also reiterates that facilities at the recreation area have been vandalized.
Fishers Landing has nine tent sites, access to riverbank fishing, vault toilets, running water, fire rings and picnic tables. It is about eight miles south of New Bern on U.S. 70.
The ban under consideration would prohibit alcohol at Fishers Landing for five years unless it was rescinded earlier, according to the news release.
Comments may be emailed to [email protected]; mailed to Croatan National Forest, 141 E. Fisher Road, New Bern, N.C. 28560; or faxed to 252-637-9113. They must be received by September 4 to be considered.
People who cannot or will not drink responsibly are prompting a ban on alcohol at Fishers Landing (below), a small Croatan National Forest campground on the Neuse River south of New Bern. Click on either photo below for more about Fishers Landing.
As part of our recent visit to the Boone / Blowing Rock area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, of course we visited Linville Falls and we were pleased to see work in progress to make visitors' experience there better.
The Blue Ridge Park Foundation is expanding the most easily accessed overlook at the waterfalls and will add interpretive material to explain the Linville Falls thrust fault. "This area lies within the geologically significant 'Grandfather Mountain Window' and is the beginning point of the Linville Gorge," the foundation says. "This important site deserves to be both viewed and interpreted for the public."
The Foundation is spending $21,500 to complete this work. For most people, the biggest benefit of the project will be that it significantly enlarges the crowded upper falls overlook.
So far, the most visible effect of the project is construction of pedestals for the rail fence that will be moved to encircle the entire rock ledge on the upper falls basin.
As it is, the upper falls overlook, which is the closest to the area's access site on the Blue Ridge Parkway, can get extremely crowded.
The twin upper falls:
Check out our new guide to Linville Falls, with photos of the lower falls (below) and the Dugger's Creek waterfall.
As part of our recent trip to the Boone / Blowing Rock "High Country" area of the western North Carolina mountains, we made a trip out to Wiseman's View above the Linville Gorge.
You have to drive a four-mile dirt road that's a little iffy in spots to get to this Pisgah National Forest day use area, but the reward is worth it. The views of Hawksbill and Table Rock mountains are iconic sights.
Read more about Wiseman's View in the newest addition to Carolina Outdoors Guide.
Hawksbill Mountain greets visitors to Wiseman's View, a Pisgah National Forest day use site above Linville Gorge. Click on the photo below or the link above for more photos and information.
The shooting range closed in May 2010 because of stray bullets leaving firing lanes. Since then, the Forest Service has raised berms and reconstructed shooting stations, according to a news release.
Money from the Forest Service, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Rifle Association paid for renovation work.
The shooting range has 25-yard pistol and 100-yard rifle ranges and originally opened in 1996. Prior to closing, it averaged 1,000 visitors per month, according to the Forest Service.
Update: The Forest Service said Friday at mid-day that it had reopened the parking lot at Max Patch though the fire continued to burn at 60 acres. The campground at Harmon Den and the two Forest Service roads (see below) remained closed. The news release did not mention Cold Spring picnic area.
Closed areas may reopen Saturay afternoon, the release says.
A fire in the Harmon Den area of the Pisgah National Forest is causing several areas to be closed, the National Forest Service said today.
The wildfire covers 75 acres and is expected to grow to 100 acres by the end of the day, the Forest Service said in a news release issued at mid-day.
Officials have closed the:
* Harmon Den Horse Camp, which has 10 sites and bridle trails.
* Cold Spring picnic area, which offers fishing and hiking and horseback riding.
* Max Patch parking lot, which provides access to the namesake grassy summit, hiking and horseback trails, and a fishing pond.
Forest Service Road (FSR) 148 (Cold Springs Road) and FSR 148A (Brown's Gap Road) are also closed.
Firefighters are establishing fire lines and conducting back-burning operations to contain the wildfire.
NCDOT message boards will provide information about the fire, which is producing smoke visible along I40 in the Pigeon Gorge, according to the Forest Service.
No structures are threatened, and no injuries are reported. The Forest Service is investigating.
The National Forest Service announced fee increases at seven recreation sites among the four national forests in North Carolina. The 2014 season fees will be effective May 7.
According to a news release, the changes are at:
Cedar Point Campground in Croatan National Forest. Nightly campsite fees will rise from $12 to $15 in 2014 and to $20 in 2016. The surcharge for electricity at single sites will increase from $5 to $7 per site this year, but not go up in 2016 (all sites have electricity).
Fees at double campsites will go from $24 to $30 in May and to $40 in 2016. The electrical surcharge will increase from $10 to $14 per site but not increase in '16.
Camping fees at Cedar Point were last increased in 1998, the release says.
Arrowhead Campground and Canebrake Horse Camp in Uwharrie National Forest. Single campsite fees, now $12, will be $15 in May and go to $18 in 2016; double sites go from $24 to $30 in May and to $36 in '16. Electricity, which is available at 33 of the 50 sites at Arrowhead and all 28 sites at Canebrake, costs $3 now, but will be $5 in May and $7 in 2016.
Sliding Rock Recreation Area in Pisgah National Forest. The daily fee increases from $1 to $2 per person. Annual passes remain $25.
The Forest Service says Sliding Rock sees 1,000 or more people a day in season and the higher fees will help to expand lifeguards' hours and maintain the site.
Three shooting ranges in the Nantahala National Forest. Fees will be standardized at $3 per person per day and $25 per person for an annual permit.
At Dirty John Shooting Range, a daily permit was $3 per vehicle and the annual permit was $7 per vehicle. Previously sold 2014 permits for Dirty John will be honored at Dirty John. At Panther Top Shooting Range they were $2 per person a day and already $25 per person for an annual permit.
The new fees are a first for Moss Knob Shooting Range.
The three Nantahala shooting ranges have recently been improved, the Forest Service points out, and the higher fees "will help to maintain these improvements as expected by those who use the sites."
The range and berms have been reconstructed and leveled, a news release says. Work continues on a parking lot and new access road approaching from behind the shooting line and safety berm.
Work was announced last summer but delayed until November. In November, the Forest Service said it would reopen in the spring.
Moss Knob, which is in the Highlands / Franklin area, has four firing lanes or stations on a 150-yard range with frame targets set at 25 and 50 yards.
The National Forest Service says Moss Knob sees "moderate" use. The Dirty John Shooting Range, west of Franklin, gets "light" use. (The Panther Top Shooting Range near Murphy is also a National Forest site, but the NFS does not have a web page for it.)
The closure of the left loop was announced January 2.
The 42-mile, four-loop trail network is open to hikers and horseback riders, but is best known as a challenging mountain bike course.
The left loop of the 42-mile trail system at Tsali Recreation Area in the Nantahala National Forest is closed because of a landslide, the National Forest Service said yesterday.
Forest officials are working to inspect and repair the damage, according to a news release, and will advise the public when work is completed.
The four-loop system on the Fontana Reservoir is well-known as a challenging circuit for mountain biking, and is also open to hiking and horseback riding.
The other three loops at Tsali remain open.
The Moss Knob Shooting Range near Franklin will remain closed until next spring as work to renovate it continues, forest officials said Monday.
Renovations were to be done in the fall, according to a Forest Service news release, but were originally announced last summer. "However, logistical challenges with the project have delayed reopening of the range," the release says.
Work at the Nantahala National Forest site is to include building a new access road to the shooting range from behind the shooting line, constructing a new earthen backstop for each shooting line, drainage work, and filling and leveling along the firing line.
Moss Knob has four firing lanes or stations on a 150-yard range with frame targets set at 25 and 50 yards.