Panthertown closing at noon, Thursday, Sept. 13 due to hurricane
PANTHERTOWN -- The U.S. Forest Service-National Forests in North Carolina is strongly requesting that, due to expected hurricane-related wind and rainfall, the public not use trails or general forest areas, including Panthertown Valley in Nantahala National Forest, from noon on Thursday, Sept. 13 until further notice. Emergency response times will be multiplied if an incident or medical emergency were to occur.
Much of Nantahala and Pisgah, including recreation sites and campgrounds, will be shut down as of Sept. 13 due to the storm forecast. Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are also advising similar. Expect further closures.
As of Wednesday, Sept. 12, Panthertown was not closed but the public is strongly advised to not use it until the after the storm passes.
The Friends of Panthertown hike scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14 is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the Sept. 19 print edition of the Crossroads Chronicle for more on the hurricane. For the savings and convenience of home delivery, subscribe by calling Savannah at 828-743-5101, ext. 201.