U.S. Forest Service Opening Trailheads Along Appalachian Scenic Trail

If you are planning a weekend of camping and hiking you might be happy to learn that the U.S. Forest Service is opening a series of trailheads and access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail today.

They include the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina, the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia

However, the Triple Crown in Virginia, which includes Dragon’s Tooth trailhead, will remain closed.

Additionally, restroom facilities will not be available and shelters will remain closed at this time.

The Forest Service said that while work continues opening trails and roads, services may remain limited and there may be a delay in rescue operations.

So it is not recommended that visitors engage in high risk recreation activities at this time.

The Forest Service is also encouraging those using the hiking trails to avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers.

Find the latest recreation information for each national forest at www.fs.usda.gov.