View Full Version : Threat of trails and campsites to be closed in the gsmnp

02-19-2013, 11:34 AM
You guys will live this.... A potential reduction in park funding means they may have limited hours of operation for services.

The BEST part is dits comment that this may mean closing some campgrounds and trails. Hmm backcountry campgrounds are maintained by volunteers. Adopt a trail volunteers clean up trash.


02-19-2013, 04:57 PM
My guess that might mean some interpretive programs will be gone, and maybe not open all the front country campgrounds. Don't think it will personally effect me, but would hate for it to ruin others trips:frown:

If it's anything like the Winter staffing, it actually may be a benefit:eek:

Wish congress would go ahead and pay their bills and stop doing stupid things like threaten to shut down government every budget cycle.:rolleyes:

02-19-2013, 06:05 PM
God forbid they close some of the useless roads in the park.

02-20-2013, 12:03 PM
God forbid they close some of the useless roads in the park.

Grannyknot, you may have hit on an excellent opportunity to generate additional revenue. Close a bunch of free access roads and add more fee-based backcountry sites enroute to trout streams, waterfalls and more. :rolleyes:

A somewhat serious question: Although the law prohibits closing US 441, if all affected agencies were to agree to do so, could TN 73 between Elkmont and the "Wye" legally be closed to powered vehicles? The new, nice, wide trail could be maintained by volunteers and the cost of completely removing future landslides could be averted. Townsend, Walland and Wear Valley could benefit as they would be an even more popular destination for out of town Cades Cove visitors.

02-23-2013, 12:02 AM
God forbid they close some of the useless roads in the park.

Nah they settled on 5 campgrounds and several picnic areas to be the ones shut down should this happen.