ACCESSIBLE HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES on North Carolina National Forests (updated 12-13-10)

(This information is in lew of the old Disabled Access Program on the States National Forests in which qualified handicapped sportsmen could check out a key for certain normally closed roads. At this time, this has not affected what the NCWRC does on it's State Owned Game Lands.)

In compliance with the November 2005 USDA Final Rule for Motorized Vehicle Recreation in National Forests and Grasslands, each national forest was required to identify and designate those roads, trails and areas that are open to motor vehicle use. Some national forests, including the National Forests in North Carolina, have already established systems of roads and trails designated and managed for motorized use.  The new rule did not require those units to change existing plans.  However, all national forests are required to publish motor vehicle use maps (MVUMs) and make them available to the public.  These maps are legal documentation displaying the roads and trails that are open to public motor vehicle use.  If a road or trail does not appear on the map, it is not open to public vehicular use.

MVUMs for each ranger district are available at U.S. Forest Service offices and for download at http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/roads/roads.htm#maps. These maps are black and white and are not designed to provide detailed recreation information (hunters, hikers, etc.).  Detailed recreation information, including a number of recreation brochures and trail maps, is available at http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/recreation/recreate.htm.  Additional national forest maps, such as forest visitor maps or trail maps that show open and closed roads, trails (hiking, biking, horse), recreation sites, etc. are also available for sale at Forest offices and online at the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association Map Store. These maps show much greater detail than the MVUMs.

In addition to open roads displayed on local MVUMs, each Ranger District is working to provide additional opportunities for hunters with disabilities.  The goal of the National Forests in North Carolina is to provide a diversity of hunting opportunities for hunters of all abilities. 

Some of the opportunities listed below are permanent, developed facilities such as blinds and designated parking.  Other opportunities are less permanent, and will move around the districts as wildlife habitat and hunting opportunity change.  This program is a work in progress and intends to be flexible over time to accommodate public and wildlife resource needs.

FOREST UNIT

OPPORTUNITY

DESCRIPTION

COASTAL PLAIN

Croatan National Forest
141 E Fisher Ave
New Bern, NC 28560
252-638-5628

Ives Field
(off FSR 182)

Expanded parking with designated handicapped spots available; wheelchair access around gate.

Croatan National Forest
141 E Fisher Ave
New Bern, NC 28560
252-638-5628

Catfish Lake Waterfowl Impoundment

Two accessible blinds available on first-come, first-served basis; will become part of lottery hunts in the future.

PIEDMONT

Uwharrie National Forest
789 NC Hwy 24/27E
Troy, NC 27371
910-576-6391

Center Church Road (FSR 6751, near Eldorado)

Opened to all hunters for spring turkey season; check with district for fall availability.

Uwharrie National Forest
789 NC Hwy 24/27E
Troy, NC 27371
910-576-6391

Yates Place Road (FSR 6744 near Liberty Hill)

Opened to all hunters for spring turkey season; check with district for fall  availability.

Uwharrie National Forest
789 NC Hwy 24/27E
Troy, NC 27371
910-576-6391

West Polly Branch Rd
(FSR 6726 near Pekin)

Opened to all hunters for spring turkey and fall seasons; check with district for fall availability.

Uwharrie National Forest
789 NC Hwy 24/27E
Troy, NC 27371
910-576-6391

Cattail Branch Road (off Hwy 109)

Opened to all hunters for fall season; check with district for spring availability.

Uwharrie National Forest
789 NC Hwy 24/27E
Troy, NC 27371
910-576-6391

Yates Place Road

Opened to all hunters for fall season; check with district for spring availability.

MOUNTAINS

Appalachian Ranger District
US 19E By-Pass
Burnsville, NC 28714
828-682-6146

Roaring Creek
(Avery Co., below Appalachian Trail)

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields immediately adjacent to road; be familiar with land ownership-- there are several private inholdings.

Appalachian Ranger District
US 19E By-Pass
Burnsville, NC 28714
828-682-6146

Bowling Green (Mitchell Co., near Poplar)

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields immediately adjacent to road.

Appalachian Ranger District
US 19E By-Pass
Burnsville, NC 28714
828-682-6146

Mill Ridge
(Madison Co., between Marshall and Hot Springs)

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields immediately adjacent to road.

Appalachian Ranger District
US 19E By-Pass
Burnsville, NC 28714
828-682-6146

Moye Tract
(Madison Co., near Hot Springs)

Parking available in wide areas along roads (be sure to avoid parking on state right-of-way); fields immediately adjacent to road.

Appalachian Ranger District
US 19E By-Pass
Burnsville, NC 28714
828-682-6146

Max Patch
(Madison Co., near Waynesville)

Parking available in wide areas along roads (be sure to avoid parking on state right-of-way); fields immediately adjacent to road.

Appalachian Ranger District
US 19E By-Pass
Burnsville, NC 28714
828-682-6146

Cold Springs (Haywood Co., near Max Patch and Waynesville)

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields immediately adjacent to road.

Cheoah Ranger District
1133 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Snowbird Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Cheoah Ranger District
1133 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Santeetlah Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Cheoah Ranger District
1133 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Tatham Gap Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Cheoah Ranger District
1133 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Long Hungry Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Cheoah Ranger District
1133 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Farley Cove Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Cheoah Ranger District
1133 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Big Fat Gap Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Cheoah Ranger District
1133 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Rattler Ford Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Grandfather Ranger District
109 East Lawing Drive
Nebo, NC 28761

Jarrett Creek (McDowell Co, near Old Fort)

Expanded parking with designated spots; wheelchair access around gate; enhanced fields.

Grandfather Ranger District
109 East Lawing Drive
Nebo, NC 28761

Lime Kiln
(McDowell Co, north of Marion)

Expanded parking with designated spots; wheelchair access around gate; enhanced fields.

Grandfather Ranger District
109 East Lawing Drive
Nebo, NC 28761

Dobson Knob (McDowell Co, between Marion and Morganton)

Expanded parking with designated spots; wheelchair access around gate; enhanced fields.

Grandfather Ranger District
109 East Lawing Drive
Nebo, NC 28761

Maple Sally
(Caldwell Co, near Collettesville)

Expanded parking with designated  spots; wheelchair access around gate; wheelchair ramp; enhanced fields.

Grandfather Ranger District
109 East Lawing Drive
Nebo, NC 28761

Pearcy Creek
(Burke Co, near Glen Alpine)

Expanded parking with designated spots; wheelchair access around gate; enhanced fields.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Moses Creek Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Sugar Creek Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Cold Springs Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Blue Valley Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Little Yellow Mountain

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Bull Pen Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Rich Gap Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Moss Gap Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Shingle Tree Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Board Tree Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

FS 711

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Cowee Bald Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Connelly’s Creek Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Upper Nantahala Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Deep Gap Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Pisgah Ranger District
1001 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Avery Creek Fields (off Hwy 276, near Cradle of Forestry)

Expanded parking with designated  spots; wheelchair access around gate; accessible blind available on first-come, first-served basis.

Pisgah Ranger District
1001 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Wolf Ford Road (Transylvania Co, FSR 476, off Yellow Gap Road)

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields immediately adjacent to road.

Pisgah Ranger District
1001 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Lickstone Road (Haywood Co, near Sunburst)

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields immediately adjacent to road.

Tusquitee Ranger District
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-5152

Perry Gap Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Tusquitee Ranger District
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-5152

Deep Gap Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Tusquitee Ranger District
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-5152

Fires Creek Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Tusquitee Ranger District
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-5152

Nelson Ridge Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Tusquitee Ranger District
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-5152

Tuni Gap Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Tusquitee Ranger District
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-5152

Beech Creek Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Tusquitee Ranger District
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-5152

Panther Top Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Tusquitee Ranger District
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-5152

Powerline Cove Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Tusquitee Ranger District
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-5152

Copper Creek Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

Tusquitee Ranger District
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-5152

Davis Creek Road

Parking available in wide areas along roads; fields adjacent to or short distance from road.

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