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Davidson River Campground partially open

After a month-long closure for tree removal operations, a portion of the Davidson River Campground in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard reopened on Feb. 22. 

The Sycamore Loop, which includes 10 campsites with electric hookups, is now available for camping. However, portions of Exercise Trail No. 344 and North Slope Trail No. 359 are still closed. 

During the closure, which began Jan. 15, select pine trees were removed for public safety. The trees were diagnosed with a root disease that made them susceptible to blowing over. Most of them were planted in the 1960s on what was formerly farmland — over the past several years many hazard trees have been removed from the campground. 

Visitors should be aware that large amounts of woody debris remain on the ground. The remainder of the campground is still closed for cleanup, and visitors should stay out of closed areas. 

The campground is expected to fully reopen on March 27, but it will look very different with less shade and visible stumps. After cleanup operations are complete, crews will begin replanting trees. 

Reserve campsites at www.recreation.gov.

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