COVID-19 Closures and Updates

We continue to operate under state and county restrictions as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. County orders include the following; "Further, I hereby direct that rentals of all lodging facilities, including Airbnb rentals, bed and breakfasts rentals, VRBO vacation rentals by owners, campgrounds, timeshare units, condos, and other rental programs or places where leases or rentals are for less than one (1) month in duration, be suspended until further notice to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus due to human travel. Hotels and motels are excluded from this directive and exemptions are allowed for work-related stays, emergency facilities and homeless shelters." Refer to our earlier blog post to read the entire order.  

The U.S. Forest Service issued closure orders for trails located in the Grandfather Ranger District.  Trail closures include Curtis Creek Road, the camping area, and all roadside camping is prohibited. A complete list of trails, roads, and other federal closure sites are found on this link. This is a list of closures, if your favorite trail is not included here, it is open. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nfsnc/alerts-notices/?aid=57867

As of this writing, the Joseph McDowell Greenway and the trails at the Corpening YMCA remain open.  This link describes trails at the YMCA location.  https://www.mcdowellgov.com/index.asp?SEC=85764B02-9062-45D9-9E34-89DE5165304A&DE=393A81EF-0610-47EF-8C6F-787DAEE791DC&Type=B_BASIC

There are sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway that are closed.  This link takes you to a list of closures found in NC and VA.  Our region of the Parkway ranges from Milepost 300 to Milepost 355.  Remember, resources are limited.  When visiting the Parkway be certain to "pack in and pack out" before heading home.  Trash receptacles and capacity are limited. https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm#CP_JUMP_1086561

By continuing to practice social distancing, following all closure orders, and N.C. Governor Roy Cooper's executive orders,  we will work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions, please give us a call.  828-668-4282. 

Additional Area Trail and Park Closures:

DuPont State Forest

Smoky Mountains National Park

NC State Parks and Trails

NC Appalachian Trail Access

https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/nfsnc/news-events  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nfsnc/alerts-notices

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