Effective April 1, 2017, the US Forest Service-Cheoah Ranger District will require registration for overnight camping for dispersed campsites on Long Hungry Road in Robbinsville, NC.
“We’ve had numerous complaints from visitors who can’t access these campsites because campers are staying beyond the allowed limit,” said Cheoah District Ranger Angela Gee. She added, “All visitors should have equal access to these campsites and a mandatory registration requirement will help to manage access.”
The mandatory registration requirements for dispersed campsites on Long Hungry Road is being implemented on a trial basis in 2017 to assess the effectiveness of such a requirement. To register, visitors will be required to fill out a simple form available at the information kiosk located at the entrance to Long Hungry Road. If successful, registration may be instituted at other dispersed camping areas on the Cheoah Ranger District in the future.
Rules and regulations for camping on the National Forest specify that the length of stay is limited to 14 days within any 30 day time period, camping equipment may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours without permission, campsites must be occupied during the first night after camping equipment has been set up, and camping equipment and personal property must be removed when vacating the area. These rules allow all visitors access to popular campsites and eliminate the expense of removing equipment that has been left behind. Registration would allow potential campers to know when sites will be available and identify the owners of abandoned equipment.