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NEW Parking Fee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

smoky-mountains-parking-fee-feature After nearly 90 years of free parking, the country’s most-visited national park is in dire need of funding to rehabilitate, preserve, and protect this national treasure — and will be introducing a much-needed Park It Forward program this spring.  Filled with awe-inspiring vistas, diverse wildlife, and fond memories across generations, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) offers scenic drives, camping areas, and 800+ miles of trails that need to be maintained regularly. However, while the visitor rate has jumped by 57% over the past decade, the Congress-appropriated budget for the Smokies has not accounted for the incredible leap in

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