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Cherokee National Forest announces forest service road openings, closings

John Thompson • Mar 10, 2020 at 9:16 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The U.S. Forest Service has announced the opening dates for some of the seasonal roads in the Carter County portion of the Cherokee National Forest.

Certain roads in the Cherokee National Forest are systematically closed to motorized vehicle use for public safety, to protect wildlife habitat, decrease wildlife disturbance, and reduce road maintenance costs. However, some of these roads are temporarily opened for short periods to provide seasonal public access for various uses, including hunting, and other activities.

Roads may be opened later than scheduled due to poor road conditions brought on by extreme weather conditions or fire danger. These weather conditions may include freezing/thawing, extreme drought, fire danger or storm damage. In some cases, roads sustain severe damage from vehicle use and are closed to protect the various resources.

Forest Service Roads in Carter County open March 20 to mid-December:

• Frog Level Road, NFSR 50F.

• Mill Creek/Holston Mountain Road NFSR 56/202.

• Bitter End, NFSR 293.

• White Rock, NFSR 5314.

•J enkins Mountain, NFSR 53201.

Roads Open March 20 to May 18:

• Cedar Gap, NFSR 293a.

• Piney Grove, NFSR 53351.

Spring closings. All closed for timber sales:

• Cherry Flats, NFSR 50A.

• Little Pond Mountain, NFSR 6034.

• George’s Creek, NFSR 53301.

• Rough Branch, NFSR 422a.

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