I agree with your thoughts. What is so disturbing is the closure of things like "pullouts" along 441. That is crazy....and I see no reason why we could not hike on a hiking trail. I never see them (NPS personnel) when in the backcountyy anyhow.
BTW....I enjoy your input on the backcountry tax issue over at gosmokies.com. I'm real close to going backpacking on Hazel Creek this weekend as my little act of civil disobedience.
BTW....did anyone notice anything wrong with the Park Service announcement above?
"Visitors already in the backcountry at the time of the closure should leave the backcountry as soon as possible.
I didn't know they had WiFi in Bone Valley? Who woulda thunk it?