The Forest Service May Extend Max Patch’s Camping Ban

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Officers are contemplating extending a two-year ban on tenting, making fires, flying drones, and lighting fireworks on Max Patch, an iconic overlook alongside the Appalachian Path. 

The grassy bald options 360-degree views of the encircling mountains, making it a preferred vacation spot for dayhikers and thru-hikers alike. However its rising reputation has contributed to higher levels of fecal matter in the soil, dozens of firepits, litter, and a number of additional calamities. Issues reached a head in September 2020, when a customer shot an aerial {photograph} displaying dozens of tents sprawled throughout the height. After the {photograph} went viral, the Forest Service introduced a two-year closure, which was set to remain in place till June 30, 2023. However the Carolina Mountain Club (CMC), the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and USFS met final week to judge its future whereas celebrating the vacation spot’s environmental progress. 


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