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BSF reopens some roads and trails; others remain closed

BANDY CREEK  |  The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area announced Friday that some roads and trails impacted by severe thunderstorms on May 26 have been reopened. Others, however, remain closed.

Divide Road has been reopened to its intersection with Fork Ridge Road, and Fork Ridge Road is also reopened. That means visitors can once again access the Charit Creek Lodge area. However, Divide Road remains closed north of Fork Ridge Road, including Twin Arches Road. The National Park Service said Friday that the remaining closed roads will be reopened once it is deemed safe to do so.

“Work crews have been working hard to clear debris so that we can continue to open areas that were severely impacted by the Memorial Day weekend storms,” said BSF Superintendent Niki S. Nicholas. “I appreciate everyone’s patience with the situation. Our overriding goal is to make sure that visitors and employees stay safe during the storm recovery work.”

Among the trails that have been reopened include Salt Pine Horse Trail, Yellow Cliff Horse Trail, Station Camp Creek Horse Trail and Charit Creek Horse Trail.

Among the trails that remain closed are Slave Falls Loop Trail, Twin Arches Loop Trail, Middle Creek Nature Loop, Gobbler’s Knob Wagon Trail, Laurel Fork Creek Trail, Hatfield Ridge Multiuse Trail, and Charit Creek Lodge Connector Trail. 

The Divide Road area between roughly Middle Creek and Hatfield Ridge, extending from Pickett State Park all the way east to the Big South Fork River, experienced significant tree damage, apparently due to straight-line wind gusts as the thunderstorm swept through the region. The area falls under two offices of the National Weather Service, but tornado surveys were not conducted by either office. Radar did not indicate a tornado as the thunderstorm passed through the region.

Nevertheless, hundreds of trees were ripped down by the severe winds, and several park visitors were trapped — including visitors to the Twin Arches area, Charit Creek Lodge, and Duncan Hollow.

The NPS continues to advise park visitors to avoid the impacted areas, saying that those who enter closed areas are endangering themselves and work crews, and are subject to citations by law enforcement officers.

GC Staff
GC Staff
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