Western NC State Forest Temporarily Closed Due To Overcrowding During COVID-19 Pandemic

RALEIGH – Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest in Wilkes County will be temporarily closed, restricting all public access until further notice. All trails, trailheads, forest facilities, parking areas and Rendezvous Mountain State Forest Game Land are unavailable to the public during this period of closure. This closure includes both Wyatt Road and Benny Parsons Road access points for the Game Land.

“Our N.C. Forest Service staff noted that crowds were gathering and remaining in parking areas of Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest, which goes against the recommendations of social distancing,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We hope we will be able to re-open the forest soon when the threat of spreading the coronavirus has ended. To get there though, everyone needs to do their part in social distancing.”

NCFS officials said they will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the forest and game lands reopen when conditions allow.