Parts of Bald Head Woods Reserve on Bald Head Island are open to visitors for the first time since Hurricane Florence forced closure, the Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday.
The Loop, Middle, and East trails in the southern portion of the reserve, south of Federal Road are now open to visitors. Officials said visitors should continue to exercise caution when visiting the site and be aware of the risk of natural hazards such as biting insects, poisonous plants and regular vegetative debris associated with maritime forest ecosystems.
The Creek Trail in the northern portion of the reserve, north of Federal Road, remained closed to visitors Friday. Updates would be posted on the Coastal Reserve’s website and via its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program protect natural areas for education, research and compatible recreation. Since its creation in 1989, the program has preserved more than 42,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites along the coast.