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Old 10-01-2013, 08:57 AM
Drifter Drifter is offline
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Okay...after much searching....found this on the Backcountry Reservation site:

https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/

Backcountry Permit System

Temporarily Closed for Maintenance
October 1, 2013 6:53:18 AM
Due to the federal government shut down, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closed until further notice. Backcountry hiking and camping is prohibited during this closure. Visitors already in the backcountry at the time of the closure should leave the backcountry as soon as possible. A refund will be given for the value of any nights remaining on backcountry permits. Visitors with permits for dates during the closure will be offered a full refund or the opportunity to reschedule. Refunds and rescheduling will take place once the government shut down ends and the park reopens.
Please check back again later.
Please call 865-436-1297 if you have additional questions.
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I'm scratching my head on this one:

"Visitors already in the backcountry at the time of the closure should leave the backcountry as soon as possible."

Obviously they expect folks in the backcountry today...should log in and check this website before preparing your coffee, tending the campfire, and eating your gorp. Wifi in Bone Valley....who would have thunk it? Just ****.
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