"Sad that it has come to this! We all knew when they implemented the backcounty tax that that was just the beginning and here we are...................... But I also heard that they were not going to enforce the parking tax......"
"From what I have read they will not be enforcing this! They also know that it will NOT help with the parking problems that already exist! To me it is just another way to get money from those of us that visit the park! I have read sooo many people…"
"It is very outrageous!!! They are coming up with ways to go around the "no charge" for the park! It makes me half sick thinking about this! I do not have any kin in the park but I feel for those that do! If this passes, and I'm sure…"
"Just read on WBIR on Facebook that the park now wants to charge a parking fee! They also want to raise backcountry permits to $8 a night and frontcountry $30 or $36 across all campgrounds! I would have shared the article but I'm not as computer…"
"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…"
"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!…"
"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…"
"Well I don't shop Amazon all that often but when I do I donate to SFW! I just checked and as of yesterday I donated a whopping $12.17!!! Maybe I need to shop Amazon more often!! I guess every little bit helps though!"
"From what I have been hearing they are talking about this in Red River Gorge area in Kentucky. They want designated camp spots only. Oh and by reservation I believe! I could be wrong but this talk has been going on social media for a while now."
"Wow!!! I am having a hard time wrapping my head around all this! I work at a car dealership in the parts dept and yesterday our company laid off 90% of my coworkers! Yes since I am the parts manager I get to stay! It has been like a ghost town here…"
Thanks for your support! You are one of the few who I believe when I hear, "the check is in the mail"! Keep spreading the word in your part of the world about this fee. After all, "the most visited Park in the nation" isn't visited by 9 million East Tennesseans!