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  1. #1
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    Apr 2010

    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


    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


    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

    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

    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.


    Backcountry Reservations--two

    For more information about proper food storage, backcountry

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

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

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

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Mooresville, NC


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

  3. #3
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    Jul 2009
    Rabbit Skin N.C.


    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 how times have changed

  4. #4
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    Mar 2008
    Lexington, KY


    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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