The CCC, in partnership with Rab, Petzl, Scarpa, Joey Henson Art, Nicolas Colquitt Art, Ground Up Collective, and Ground Up Publishing, are proud to continue the Protectors Program. If you love the fact that the CCC has protected or created public access to areas like Laurel Knob, Buckeye Knob, Hidden Valley, Asheboro Boulders, Big Rock, Buffalo Creek, Eagle Rock, Rumbling Bald, Gerton Ice, Melrose Mountain, Sauratown, then this program is for you.
There is a confirmed active Peregrine Falcon nest on the route Fathom Escape Hatch at Laurel Knob. The CCC has institued a closure of Fathom and the nearby routes to help protect the nest. The adult pair is very active in the area and they will likely dive bomb you if you enter the closure area. Please respect this voluntary closure and stay off the routes around Fathom until further notice. Thanks for your cooperation.
The annual closures for Peregrine Falcon nesting are in place from January 15 through August 15th. Please respect closure signs and notices and note that due to the government shutdown, signs are not yet up in all areas. New this area is the addition of flying drones in the areas near the nests and we suggest leaving your UAVs at home rather than risking disturbing the birds. It's not unusual to see these lifted early in some areas, but until we get that offiicial notice from the Forest Service the following areas are closed: