GSMNP officials announced a fee increase for front county (no, “frontcountry” is not a real word) campgrounds and picnic pavilions effective March 1, 2018. Over the past year, officials reviewed public comments, operating costs, and projected budget levels to determine the rate increases which range from 10% to 25%, deciding to hell what you think, we’re raising the rent.
The rate increases are necessary to meet the rising costs of operations, reduce a backlog of maintenance requirements on park facilities, and initiate needed improvements. Park officials are also improving the efficiency of campground management by adding three campgrounds to the national reservation system through Recreation.gov.
Praise God our grandparents when creating the park charter from 1934, prohibited3 the NPS from charging an entrance fee…otherwise….