COVID-19 Updates

Updated April 4, 2020

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This page will serve as our landing page for any COVID-19 updates on impacts to outdoor climbing access across the Carolinas and beyond. Please note that this list can change hourly. 

We care about the health and vitality of the communities we serve and are on continued alert as to how the Covid-19 can affect climbing in the Carolinas. This Access Fund article sums up many of our shared thoughts on outdoor climbing and the Covid-19 virus. With the unpredictable nature of this virus and crisis, we ask you to consider the following;

  • The CDC has discouraged all discretionary travel. 

  • Climbing gyms across the Carolinas have closed to try to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. Outdoor hand holds could carry the virus as well. Consider the CDC's discouragement of travel and the reason for it before deciding to go climb. Some counties have additional travel restrictions.  Consider that now is not the best time to go climbing. 

  • If you are climbing and in need of services, the local EMS or hospital systems will be taxed. Considering this, the CCC discourages climbing until this virus is under control.   

Specific Climbing Area Closures

  • Stone Mountain State Park - all access is closed. This includes all roped climbing and bouldering.

  • Sauratown- all access is closed. 

  • Hanging Rock State Park - all access is closed. This includes Cooks Wall and Moores Wall bouldering and roped climbing.

  • Crowders Mountain State Park- all access is closed. This includes Dixon School boulders and all roped climbing at the main section of the park.

  • Pilot Mountain State Park - all access is closed. This is a change from the previous wekend only closure.

  • Rocky Face Park - all access is closed.

  • Little Bearwallow Falls - all access is closed. 

  • Linville Gorge- Burke County Board of Commissioners have restricted all rock climbing in the Linville Gorge Wilderness/ Burke County section. Overnight camping is also closed. 

  • Short Off - Wolf Pit Rd is closed. It is now a 7 mile hike to climb at Shortoff. 

  • South Carolina State Parks- all access closed. 

Additional Info

  • NC State Parks have closed facilities.  This may or may not affect access to climbing areas but will directly affect the parks’ ability to respond to any need. Please refer to each State Park’s individual websites for daily updates on closures.  We will post to this site as we hear of any specific closures.  Here is a link to NC State Park's response and  to Covid-19. 

  • Rumbling Bald within Chimney Rock State Park; all group climbing special activity permits are being revoked and no future group climbing permits will be approved for now. Individual climbing is curently allowed. Chimney Rock State Park/ attraction side is closed. Rutherford County and the Town of Lake Lure have issued a "stay at home" order and climbing is not listed as one of the essential outdoor activities.

  • All NC State Park campgrounds are closed through April 30th

  • Pisgah, Nantahala, and Uhwarrie National Forests have discouraged rock climbing activities.  National Forest roads that are typically locked in the winter may be locked longer than usual through the spring. This especially affects Table Rock in Linville Gorge and 475B/ Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah. All National Forest campgrounds and facilities have been closed.

    "The National Forests in NC asks members of the public to recreate responsibly by avoiding gathering in groups of more than ten people and not engaging in high-risk activities, like rock climbing, that increase the chance of injury or distress. Law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19. In addition, visitors can help mitigate resource impacts while recreation sites are shut down by bringing home their trash (pack it in, pack it out), and by appropriately managing human waste by burying it at least six to eight inches deep and 200 feet away from water, trails and recreation sites."
  • The Brevard area is asking visitors to stay home rather than visit

  • CCC has cancelled any large volunteer opportunities or public events until further notice.   Pisgah Pride Day is cancelled. All planned volunteer stewardship events in the Pisgah Ranger District are cancelled until further notice. 

  • CCC will remain a part of the Pisgah Nantahala planning process in a virtual capacity with planners.  You can also get involved by reading up on the draft plan. CCC and Access Fund will have a public response in late April to the draft plan, but now is a great time to get familiar with the draft plan on your own. The comment period has been extended pasy the previous May 14 deadline to an unknown deadline.

  • CCC Board of Directors will be meeting over the phone this month instead of in-person.

 

Thank you all. Stay safe and healthy! 

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