Big Bradley Falls trail closed until further notice

Published 12:07 pm Friday, May 8, 2020

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed the Big Bradley Falls Trail on the Green River Game Lands until further notice. The trail was set to open on May 9, but closure remains necessary to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and keep people away from areas that can be potentially dangerous if overcrowded.

The Big Bradley Falls Trail leads to areas that could be dangerous, particularly with increased congregations of people. This area is potentially dangerous as there is no safe view of Big Bradley Falls from the trail, which has resulted in eight fatal accidents since 2000.

At this time, the Commission is not considering closing other areas of the game lands. However, areas that have seen an increase in use will continue to be monitored for adherence to social distancing guidelines. Education efforts for game land users regarding proper social distancing guidelines will continue.
Individuals must, with the full force and effect of law, comply with all Social Distancing and Mass Gatherings requirements per Executive Order 138. The Commission promotes outdoor recreational pursuits so long as they are done in a manner consistent with CDC social distancing guidelines and in compliance with any applicable Emergency Orders at the municipality, city, county, state and federal level. In order to keep these doorways to North Carolina’s public trust resources open, the Commission is relying on the compliance of every person. If observations indicate that these requirements are not being followed, closures of additional areas of game lands may occur.

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Submitted by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission