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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dustin, The name isn't ringing a bell with me. But that doesn't mean much with my limited carrying capacity."
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Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"No Beuno   John,  do you know a Todd Bishop by chance?"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks Dustin, that did the trick. Here is the article. Great Smoky Mountains National Park hits record visitation. How many is too many? Karen Chávez, KnoxvillePublished 5:01 a.m. ET Feb. 18, 2020 | Updated 6:01 a.m. ET Feb. 18,…"
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Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I want to know why Parson Branch has been closed for years now. The NPS says it's hazardous trees, are they waiting for them to decompose? Funny how hazardous those trees got after UTV, Adventure Bike, and Jeep rentals in Townsend started…"
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Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Slippery slope"
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Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John that is true! We have been in a squirrel jam, a turkey jam, a crow jam and of course the deer and bear! We haven't been to the cove in over 2 years, well we did go last February but it wasn't crowded at all! We have changed our…"
Feb 18
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"http://api.ning.com/files/ow6WJwgqPYWo4P-p9xKYlAUzpBwgyd1p*55sl5LcdVQYflAz2DFYtjYBCdrKihFK0oSA9PkR0YMgamdWWIAlT6gwhWxsyzat/Deedrestriction.jpg Above is a link to the deed restriction, if anyone needs it for their arguments. Below is a screen shot of…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Jo, that whole bus around the cove idea was almost implemented in the 90s, but was shut down due to a large uproar by locals in Sevier county who saw the loss of tourism revenue. Our friend Leland was on the front line of that fight. To be honest, I…"
Feb 18
Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"There are some people that are really pushing hard for a fee to enter Cades Cove and having a bus take people around the Cove! Some of them have even said that you can't get out of your car anywhere in the park! It really is crazy! We have had…"
Feb 18
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Jo Jackson +1  I've also witnessed a lot of ignorant folks on social media cheering the fee on"
Feb 18
Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks John! I tried to read it also but I am not a subscriber. I have noticed on Facebook there are a lot of people that say they are for charging a fee for the Smokys. There is always someone that comes back with the reason they can't charge…"
Feb 18
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I tried to copy and paste it here Dustin, but it won't let me. It's a long article which essentially says the Smokies is overloved, and visitors are defecating on trails and they have a deferred maintenance backlog and other parks charge…"
Feb 18
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Link says , 'Content for Subscribers' .   What are they saying?"
Feb 18
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"A Smokies entrance fee is coming, and this article makes that clear. This is how they pave the way to charge vehicles, find a park friendly media outlet and focus on all the "bad" things happening. If you read this article, though, you…"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4736 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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