Terry McDonald of USFS sent out following notice. In response to guidance from State health officials and experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all camping, cabins, group recreation sites, and restrooms in the Cherokee National Forest will be closed effective at noon today, March 23 2020. The closure will remain in effect until at least May 15, at which time it will be reevaluated.
Leslie Morgan, District Ranger confirmed with following info.
Yes it is a forest-wide closure. Trails and roads will remain open but facilities and services are closed. Please help spread the word. We will have some limited Law Enforcement out and our Forest Protection Officers will be patrolling. The offices are closed to the public but the phones are still on and we are answering questions and providing as many serves as we can with out putting our employees at risk.