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    Default FYI -84 & 85 to be reservation only

    Great Smoky Mountains News Release

    Immediate Release Contact: Nancy Gray
    Date: July 13, 2011 865/436-1208

    BACKCOUNTRY CAMPSITES CHANGE TO RESERVATION-ONLY

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced a

    decision to transition backcountry campsites 84 and 85, along the Hazel

    Creek Trail in North Carolina, from non-reservation campsites to

    reservation-only. This change takes effect on August 1, 2011. The

    decision was made as a result of repeated bear-human conflicts, which have

    necessitated lengthy closures of these two sites in the past couple of

    years.

    Campsites 84 and 85 are currently available on a first-come

    first-served basis, which very often results in the sites being

    overcrowded. One consequence of overcrowding is lack of space on the food

    storage cables for everyone to properly store their food and other odorous

    items that tend to attract bears.

    Park officials expect that limiting the number of people at these

    campsites to the actual capacity will help ensure all campers have access

    to the food storage cables. When food and odorous items are properly

    stored bears have less incentive to visit campsites, which means fewer

    opportunities for bear-human conflicts. Fewer bear-human conflicts will,

    in turn, reduce the likelihood of campsite closures and allow more
    visitors

    to enjoy use of these sites during the season.

    The reservation requirement will not affect the current capacity

    which allows a maximum number of 6 campers per night at campsite 84 and 10

    people and 6 horses per night at campsite 85.

    To make a reservation, campers must call the Backcountry
    Reservation

    Office at 865/436-1231. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    daily and reservations may be made up to one month in advance. In

    addition, campers must obtain an overnight backcountry camping permit,

    available at 16 backcountry permit stations throughout the Park.

    (more)

    Backcountry Reservations--two

    For more information about proper food storage, backcountry

    regulations or trip planning, visit the Park’s website anytime at

    http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/backcountry-camping.htm or call the

    Park’s Backcountry Information Office at 865/436-1297. The office is
    open

    7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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    I think it's a great idea, let's hope it works.
    Wild troutin, blue linin, fly flingin, camo wearin, redneckin elitist.

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    I, as well as Jim Casada can remember when you could camp at Bone Valley or Sugar Fork either one and probably not see another sole for a week...........my how times have changed

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    My brother and I spent a week in 2009, and 2010 in upper Hazel and never saw another fly fisherman. Couple through hikers was it.

    Both were in April May timeframe, just need to go a little further back.

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