Hey Mike, thanks for all you do in fighting the FEEASCO. I appreciate all your hard work. I was just on the Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog and saw a post of yours. At least it appears that it is yours. After staying 100's of times using the front country camping to set up my family's basecamp for backpacking I have never seen any showers in the NPS campgrounds. The only amenities they provide are sometimes a graveled platform for a tent, metal ring to contain a fire, sometimes a hook near the picnic table to hang a lantern, trash can or nearby dumpster, a bath house that only provides toilets/urinals/sinks, and a spigot nearby to draw treated water.
I just didn't want someone picking on you about the showers. At times that would be a nice feature but we have always gone to a commercial campground and paid for a shower after being in the backcountry for several days.
There are five frontcountry campgrounds that charge $14/night, Cataloochee is fixed at $20 for a tent as well as a large RV, which I always thought was unfair. Cades, Elkmont, and Smokemont start at $17 and stop at $20 or $23 for Elkmont.
Again, thanks for all your efforts to stand for what is right!
Mike, I am a bi-vocational, Part-Time Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church and have been serving the same church for ten years. What that means is I have two full time jobs...And you? I see you have the same responsibilities to a "flock", which precludes most weekend trips into the backcountry...