With the change in seasons, the Shawnee National Forest (NF) wishes to remind the public of seasonal closures for some Forest areas, including recreation sites, roads and wilderness trails.
For trail enthusiasts, please remember that there is a seasonal wilderness trail restriction prohibiting stock use between December 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 that includes the following: the Lusk Creek, Garden of the Gods and Bay Creek Wildernesses. These restrictions are necessary to protect wilderness resources.
Campgrounds will also be closing for the season on December 15, 2013. These include Red Bud Campground at Bell Smith Springs, Pine Ridge Campground at Pounds Hollow, Pine Hills and Johnson Creek Campgrounds. All of these sites except Pine Ridge Campground at Pounds Hollow are scheduled to reopen March 15, 2014. Pine Ridge Campground is scheduled to reopen April 1, 2014.
For those who enjoy camping in all seasons, Pharaoh Campground at Garden of the Gods, Oak Point Campground at Lake Glendale and Camp Cadiz are open year-round.
Millstone Bluff Archeological Area will also seasonally close December 15 through March 15.
Seasonal road closures will be in affect starting mid-December. For exact dates and roads, please refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Map. Maps can be obtained at any of the Forest’s three offices (located in Harrisburg, Vienna and Jonesboro). More information can also be accessed via the Shawnee NF website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee.