Repeal the Great Smoky Mountains NP backcountry camping fee.

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Kevin Jackson
7 years ago
I spend a lot of time in the back country in the Smokies and don't mind paying a fee if used to maintain trails, campsites, etc... however this fee has no tangible benefit to anyone other than Park service staff not present in the backcountry.

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Randy Draper
7 years ago
We should not be charged a fee to simply sleep in the backcountry.

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Shawn Wandell
7 years ago
I hike. Those I love hike.

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Josh Baker
7 years ago
Because the fees do not justify the services rendered.

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Jason Knox
7 years ago
I've been hiking the Smokies for most of my life and volunteers and hikers have taken great care of the trails and camping areas. These fees are getting ridiculous. These are supposed to be public parks.

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Robert Horak
8 years ago
Folks should have access without additional fees, red tape, etc. It should be expected that the park can function within budget.

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Jason Greer
8 years ago
I do not believe the Park service has kept up their end of the bargain with the people of N Carolina and Tennessee

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Charles Buchanan
8 years ago
Further amenities or the promise of such are not the issue...it is much more fundamental. The land transfer agreement in place between the land owners and the US government explicitly states that there will never be an admission fee to the GSMNP...the land owners purchased the land and gave it to the US government...the land was paid for and was given free and clear. The access fees to backcountry camp in GSMNP are admission fees to perform an activity on public land...a direct breach of the land transfer agreement.

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Sylvia Garland
8 years ago
My Great-Grandfather, and my Grandfather both lived in Cades Cove. They made a living off the land by hunting, fishing, and farming. They enjoyed living there free from government intrusion....until the park was created! I also have relatives buried in some remote cemeteries that are accessible only by hiking, or by boat on the Fontana lake side. My husband has 5 sets of Grandparents buried in Cades Cove, and also 4 sets buried on the North Carolina side. My point in all of this is...to be able to visit our family's old homesites, as well as, their final resting places...WITHOUT PAYING THE PARK A $4.00 BACK COUNTRY FEE (Which by ALL rights should be mine for FREE!!!). Our Grandfathers (as well as their children) roamed, AND camped the back country in The Smoky Mountains daily...FOR FREE! We ought to be able to enjoy the same freedom our ancestors did.

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Todd Quillen
8 years ago
Some families donated land and others were moved to create this national treasure...It was promised to remain free! IT SHOULD BE FREE