By David Rogers. March 29, 2020. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Even outdoor recreation in the High Country and Western North Carolina are seeing a clampdown on activities as a result of governmental measures designed to stem the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. Forest Service issued notices on Saturday announcing that trailheads and other points of access to the Appalachian Trail are being shut down in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests in North Carolina, as well as the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.
The actions are intended to discourage congregations of people that might result in a further spreading of the virus, perhaps from people without symptoms but who are carrying the virus.
For a complete list of the affected trailheads and access points, CLICK HERE.
Earlier in the week, U.S. Forest Service published a notice of other campground and other recreational facilities that had similarly been closed. CLICK HERE for that list.
The notices reviewed by Blowing Rock News do indicate how the agency intends to enforce the restrictions.