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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"It now costs up to 12$ per night to backcountry camp at Frozen Head.  They charge $5 for the reservation and the cost for the campsite depends upon demand!  It can go up even higher if they want to do that.  And nothing stops them. It…"
Nov 18
Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I am positive that if it was a horse trail it wouldn't have been closed near this long! I am sure the landowners have a lot to do with it. The last time we were on the loop road (last Spring) it seemed just fine to me! To me it seemed like a…"
Oct 13
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks Jo, We appreciate your support. I can't believe that Scott Mtn trail has been closed this long. Could you imagine if a horse trail was closed this long or a Leconte trail? We know this has to do with wealthy landowners who abut the park…"
Oct 13
Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thank you John and Myers for everything you do!"
Oct 13
Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Since then, we supplemented our request, and they changed their minds and granted our fee waiver.  I expect we're about to get a treasure trove of information about Parsons Branch Road, Scott Mtn. Trail and fee increases without public…"
Oct 13
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Myers and I, in conjunction with the SFW board, have been working on the following. I thought it best to share here. As you can see, the saga continues with these folks."
Oct 6
Paul Barbara is now a member of GotSmokies
Sep 30
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Erik, I didn't find out about this whole scheme until the comment period was over. They obviously shortened the comment period in order not to capture negative emotions. We need to press them on this issue and ask what protocol they are…"
Aug 24
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks for posting the link to that article, John.  Though hardly unexpected, it's just sad. I'm surprised it's taken them as long as it has to trot this out after implementing the backpacker tax in 2013.  I see below that…"
Aug 24
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Take a look at this!  Here comes the nickel and diming. https://www.thesmokies.com/parking-fee-laurel-falls/"
Aug 9
Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Sadly John you are probably right. I did read somewhere that they have a shuttle for Cades Cove too now. I believe it cost $25 a person! I guess my husband and I will have to start exploring the surrounding areas! We have wanted to but never have!…"
Jul 26
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Yes Jo. No surprise to any of us here. Entrance fee is next."
Jul 26
Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"We all knew this was going to happen! (or at least I did) The next thing will be parking fees at ALL trailheads or something like that!"
Jul 26
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"GATLINBURG, Tenn. — The National Park Service is seeking public input on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Laurel Falls Trail Congestion Management Pilot Project. The pilot would address visitor experience, safety and parking congestion…"
Jul 26
Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Well that is kinda scary! I would like to think that the ranger's would be out enforcing more of the rules than bothering people doing what the park is for! When I say enforcing the rules I am talking about the Razors we saw a couple months ago…"
Jun 10
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4805 Comments

Our original Backcountry Tax blog on the gosmokies site was moderated by some folks who held an opinion in favor of backcountry fees.  As a result the blog operator, Jigsha Desai made several threats to shut us down but we remained in operation because it was the most popular blog post in the history of that site.  We decided to take our conversation to a place where our message wouldn't be suppressed.  This blog is the result.

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