Help Keep Our Public Lands Clean During the Shutdown

In response to the government shutdown, MountainTrue is encouraging volunteers to help monitor and maintain clean facilities and empty trash bins in our region’s parks and forests. Here is a list of places likely to need volunteer cleanup help:

Pisgah National Forest

  • Bent Creek
  • Davidson River Corridor
  • Sunburst
  • North Mills River
  • South Toe River Corridor
  • Roan Mountain at Carvers Gap
  • Murray Branch Rec Area
  • Max Patch
  • Wilson Creek Corridor
  • Kistler Hwy Corridor
  • Curtis Creek

Nantahala National Forest

  • Picnic Areas and Boat Launches on the Nantahala River
  • Standing Indian
  • Tsali Campground
  • Jackrabbit Campground
  • White Sides Mountain
  • White Water Falls
  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Smoky Mountains National Park
(no bathrooms are open in the park except at Newfound Gap and Cade Cove which are currently being maintained, though that could change at any tme)

  • All Major Access Points – esp. Hwy 441 on the Cherokee side and around the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
  • Deep Creek
  • Oconaluftee
  • Smokemont
  • Cataloochee
  • Big Creek
  • Cosby

Please note the weather forecast for the weekend. Roads may be closed by law enforcement due to icy conditions, but the road closure information system is not being updated during the shutdown.

Contact Susan Bean at 828-258-8737 x216 or at susan@mountaintrue.org with status updates or questions.


Western North Carolina is blessed with more than 1.5 million acres of public land, including Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway and several state-owned parks, forests and natural areas. These public lands support the headwaters of our rivers, beautiful mountain vistas, one of the most diverse temperate forests on the planet, and a thriving economy in tourism, crafts and recreation.
During its 30-year history, WNCA (now MountainTrue) has twice prevented logging in the Asheville Watershed, first in 1990 and again in 2004. Eventually the City of Asheville placed a conservation easement over 17,356 acres of the watershed.