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Old 09-30-2013, 08:24 PM
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So the guv'ment is gonna shut down. I have no doubt. If it does, and the shut down lasts 10 days or so, does anyone have a suggestion on a plan B for my trip? We're set to arrive at Smokemont on Oct. 10th. Obviously we won't be able to access our campsite. Will we still be able to access the Luftee, Bradley Fork, Chasteen Creek, etc.? Is there a campground someone could recommend should we not be able to get into Smokemont?
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:05 PM
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There are campgrounds in Cherokee only a few miles from Smokemont. You would still be able to access the streams.
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:34 PM
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Yeah but I ain't paying $38 a night for KOA.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:56 AM
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They almost had a shut down 2 years ago if we all remember. The other full time guide and myself at the shop we guide out f had to find out of the park places to fish that day just in case of a shut down. For the last almost shut down, the only thing you would have been allowed to do was drive through the park. The roads that did not lead somewhere would have been closed. So basically 441 an little river rd would have remained open and the others gated. You should call park Info and inquire about stream access. If it is like last time, you wont be able to park and where in the national park....South Holston would be my back up. Tons of fish, big browns, and the majority are wild..
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:34 AM
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441, the spur from Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg, and the Gatlinburg By-pass will remain open. You will not be allowed to park. This was on the news today. If you're going to stay at a campground in the surrounding area, you'd better make reservations now. They will be filling up with the folks that intended to stay in the park. There's not many/any options that won't cost you $38 a night. The National Forest will be probably be open, but our bear seasons are starting. You'd have to share a campsite with dozens of hounds if you want to go that direction.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:13 AM
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Our backup plan is to head north instead of south. If the park doesn't open up by early next week, we'll be backpacking it up into the wilds of northern Pennsylvania. As a Libertarian, I love this! As a fly fisherman who was planning his first trip to the Smokies, this SUCKS!!!!!!!!
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