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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Emergency Trail and Road Closures on Nantahala National Forest

National Forests in North Carolina
160A Zillicoa St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801
PIO - Deanna Younger 

FRANKLIN, NC November 3, 2016 - Fire activity on the Nantahala Ranger District have resulted in trail and closures as follows:  

The Appalachian Trail from the Nantahala River to Burningtown Gap is closed due to a new fire that started Thursday afternoon.  The Tellico Fire is actively burning in that area.  The closure also includes Wesser Creek Trail in the same area.

The Appalachian Trail is closed from Rock Gap to Winding Stairs Gap. Old 64 Murphy Road is closed from its west junction of US 64 to Forest Service Road 67 leading to Standing Indian Campground.  Rock Gap may be accessed from the south by going through Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory.  Closures have resulted from the Knob Creek Fire that started on Wednesday.

Bartram Trail is closed between Wine Springs Bald and Nantahala Lake due to the Wine Spring Fire.

Bartram Trail, from Hickory Knoll Road to State Highway 106, will remain closed through this weekend due to mop up operations and potential hazard assessments from the Jones Gap Fire.

NO Campfires allowed except in developed campgrounds with fees.