Re-opening Part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is announcing recently closed areas of the park are now again accessible to visitors. The park was forced to close when funds for some basic visitor services were no longer available due to the government shutdown. Park Officials have determined that by using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement Act funds to immediately bring back park maintenance crews to maintain roads and some basic services, they will be able to restore accessibility to the park for visitors while ensuring health and safety. Park officials reported that the following services will reopen using revenue generated by recreation fees:* Cades Cove Campground and Picnic Area, including restrooms. * Restrooms at the Smokemont Campground.

Source: MG News

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