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Great Smoky Mountain Nat. Park Hikers May Face Fee

Blue mountains in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Changes may be on the way for campers in The Great Smoky Mountains and they might come with a fee. Right now, hiking in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free, but in order to better serve outdoor enthusiasts, the park is toying with the idea of a charge, WBIR-TV, Knoxville, Tenn., reported. Thousands of people a year go deep in to the woods and hike. They are backcountry campers. They can reserve campsites and rough it for days. However,... Read more

Canadian Writer Bemoans Park Privatization

A view of the beach at Bamberton Provincial Park in British Columbia. Editor's Note: The following opinion piece by Jody Paterson appeared in The Times Colonist, a newspaper serving Victoria and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The B.C. parks system marked its 100th birthday this spring. So how are things going? As an enthusiastic camper, I can attest that the campsites are still lovely, the scenery amazing and the pit toilets tolerable. By the numbers, though, I think British Columbians... Read more

County's Rules Deter RV Park Expansion

Bradford County, Pa. is marked in red. Since 2008, Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in Bradford County has increased by 20% and has hundreds of natural gas wells drilled. The area has attracted national and international investment. Due to the gas industry, the RV parks in Pennsylvania’s Bradford County are now filled to capacity. But, according to a report in the Towanda Daily Review, the owners of the RV parks aren’t willing to expand the size of their parks because of the “headache”... Read more

Happy 45th, Laurel Lock Campground!

The following story is courtesy of the Montville Patch and features Laurel Lock Campground on Lake Gardner in Connecticut. If you’re in your 40s or 50s, and you grew up near Montville, Conn., chances are good that you remember swimming at Schultz’s Point, and buying candy from the little store there. If you’re older, you might remember paying 25 cents to use the beach, and $1 to rent a picnic table for the day. And if you were around in 1918, and you could still summon memory, you might recall... Read more

RV Park and Campground Briefs

COLORADO From The Coloradoan: Long Draw Road on the Roosevelt National Forest is set to reopen today, the U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday (July 28). The Long Draw and Grand View campgrounds will also reopen tomorrow. The Forest Service announced in June that Long Draw Road, which was covered with snow until the end of last month, would remain closed to people and vehicles until at least the end of July to allow the Forest Service to remove hazardous bark beetle-killed trees. The road, which... Read more

'Don's' Approach Prompts RV Evac from Texas Parks

Cameron County Judge Carlos H. Cascos has ordered a voluntary evacuation of RVs and all other high-profile vehicles that are in the Isla Blanca and Andy Bowie County Parks on South Padre Island, KGBT-TV, Harlingen, Texas, reported. All individuals with RVs or other high profile vehicles should immediately make arrangements to evacuate from the county parks. “We continue to monitor Tropical Storm Don as it makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico with a trajectory between Brownsville and Corpus... Read more

Long Weekend Gives Albertans Chance to Travel

As Alberta's Heritage Day long weekend approaches, Albertans are flocking to the U.S. to take advantage of the strong loonie, and to local campgrounds to take advantage of the warm, dry weather, The Calgary Herald reported. Celebrated the first Monday in August, the three-day weekend gives Albertans a chance to travel and enjoy the summer. With the Canadian dollar staying strong Thursday (July 28), closing at 105.09 cents U.S., as well as no sales tax in Montana and Canadian exemptions, Holiday... Read more

Water Problems Rile ELS Park Residents in Florida

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of WZVN-TV, Fort Myers, Fla., about the following story. Residents in one Charlotte County neighborhood are furious over flooding. Whenever it rains, they're left with thousands of dollars worth of repairs – and the answers to their water woes are out of their control. When most people were praying for rain, residents of the Tropical Palms community were doing the exact opposite. "I dread it when it rains like that. I just dread it," said resident... Read more

KL Ranch Camp/Redwoods KOA Sites for Go RVing Photoshoots

One of the campsites along the scenic Guadalupe River at the KL Ranch Camp in Texas. The campground will be the site of next week's Go RVing photoshoot. Go RVing is hitting the road to begin shooting all-new ads and website photography for the upcoming “Away” campaign, scheduled to be unveiled at RVIA’s 2011 National RV Show and start running in early 2012. Several campgrounds across the U.S. will be the sites for  the photoshoots. According to a news release, four print ads will be shot... Read more

Alcohol Ban Irks Campers at Two Oregon Facilities

Conditions are perfect for campers to pitch a tent, grill out and kick back with a beer, but it won’t be happening in Cottage Grove, Ore. Since January, Cottage Grove and Dorena Reservoirs prohibit alcohol from their premises on and off the water. The policy was intended to make the parks safer and more family friendly, cut back on disturbance calls and eliminate emergency situations which park rangers say were due to alcohol 80% of the time, KMTR-TV, Springfield, reported. "We've gotten... Read more

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