General location: Blue Ridge Parkway, not far from the Peaks of Otter.
Due recent flooding in the George Washington and Jefferson National
Forests (2-weeks ago), the following areas on the Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District are closed until further notice:
• FT # 17 - Apple Orchard Falls Trail
• FT #18 – Cornelius Creek Loop
• North Creek Campground
• Forest Road #59 – North Creek Road
• Forest Road #768 – Thomas Mountain Road
• Forest Road #3034 - Apple Tree Road
About 2-weks ago a freek thunder storm hit the Apple Orchard Mtn area, with 10-inches of rain. The damage to fireroads in the area was extensive, especially to North Creek Campground.
North Creek Rd (off Jennings Creek Rd) is now gated off, with NO estimate as to how long! A friend and I will "hike" North Creek Rd tomorrow to survey the damage, especially to the Campground and get pix!
The above roads are nice Jeep Rds, and this is a real loss to the off-road community, especially this summer.
The real QUESTION: Does the Forest Service have the $$$$$ for repairs, or will this area be closed for good :doh:
If the forest service doesn't want to move.. Local 4x4 clubs should get to gether and try to help clean it up.. Although in this sue happy nation we live in liability will probably get in the way of everything..
Remember, 10-inches of water fell in a VERY short amount of time and most all funneled down this once SMALL trout stream!
Good idea though!
But, you know, I have found that lately the Gov't Land Mgt Agencies have adopted a Police State mentality, with the attitude, this land is OURS, so Keep the HELL OUT!
Another example" VA Game & Inland Fisheries, were once known as Game Wardens. Today, they are Conservation Police, and have as much or more power that the VA State Police.
So when asked where I am from, I answer: "The Peoples Republic of VA" :facepalm:
Went up today to walk North Chreek Rd, to survey damage to the Rd, bridges and to the Campground (Rd is closed due to a horrific flash-flood)!
As soon as we arrived it started raining and raining hard! The forcast was for Severe Storms, heavy rain and winds in excess od 50 - 60 mph, so we opted for caution and postponed the hike up North Creek Rd.
So we got in the Jeep and went up to check damage to the upper part of Jennings Creek Rd. There are sections as long as 100-ft where the flooding scoured the pavement off the Rd down to hard pack rip-rap and one bridge is down to one lane (and in VERY POOR shape).
All this in an area, with few people, depressed economically, so I am sure repairs are on the bottome of the list for the Forest Service and VDOT :nonono:
This pix, is of the bridge, reduced to one VERY narrow lane (upper Jennings Creek Rd). This was a trout stream with an average depth of 12 - 18 inches. A sudden down-pour of 10-in of rain changed all that !
A friend and I rode our Mtn Bikes on North Creek Road today (it's closed to vehicle traffic).
1. No bridges lost
2. The road is eaten away at each end of a few bridges
3. Some pavement is gone!
4. The shoulders are eaten out a much as 2-ft deep on most of the road
5. North Creek Campground, survived with "almost" no damage.
6. Where the road goes from paved to gravel, the story is much different. The road surface will need much "road-grader" work.
7. The Trail at the end of North Creek Rd is also closed. Seems the side of the trail near the Creek has been BADLY eaten away. This will be a major repair job.
8. The Creek it self has been changed for good, with many trees in the creek, etc.
A Forest Service worker estimated 3 - 4 months for repairs, but I will not hold my breath!
Mtn biked off the BRPW today, and found that repair of North Creek Rd has begun :wavey:
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