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04-08-2011, 05:10 PM
As promised here is the press release from the park headquarters as to what will be shut down in the park. It looks like the entire park will be shut down and locked and no one will be allowed to even so much as stop on 441. This is B.S.!!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
News Release

Immediate Release Contact: Bob Miller
Date: April 8, 2011

If the Government implements a shutdown, nearly the entire Park would

be closed beginning Saturday, April 9, all Great Smoky Mountains National

Park facilities would be closed, including visitor centers, campgrounds,

picnic areas, trails, concession operations, restrooms, and all roads, with

the exception of the Newfound Gap Road between Gatlinburg and Cherokee.

Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) would remain open to through traffic

only. No stopping or parking along the road or at trailheads and overlooks

is permitted, and all restroom facilities would be closed, including those

at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn., the Oconaluftee

Visitor Center near Cherokee, NC, and Newfound Gap. The Clingmans Dome Road

which is accessed off Newfound Gap Road would be closed.


Bob Miller
Management Assistant
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
(865) 436-1207
FAX 436-1204

04-08-2011, 05:46 PM
This is just vindictive, as well BS. This wasn't even the case back in 1995-96.

"Dear Mr. Secretary of the Interior......"