Four national forests reopen trailheads and access points to Appalachian National Scenic Trail

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A series of trailheads and access point on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail will reopen on May 22.

The USDA Forest Service made the announcement Thursday.

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina, Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia will participate in the reopening.

However, the Triple Crown in Virginia will remain closed. This includes the Dragon’s Tooth trailhead.

Visitors are still encouraged to practice social distancing. The USDA Forest Service recommends refraining from gathering large groups and maintaining a 6-feet distance from others. Congregating in parking areas is discouraged.

Shelters will remain closed and bathroom facilities may not be available.

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