The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From National Parks Traveler:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which already has lost its main road to a rain-induced landslide, continues to suffer from torrential rains that are washing out other roads. Even the 70-foot-long foot bridge along the popular Chimney Tops Trail has been knocked out by the rains.
Flooding last week has led to the temporary closure of sections of gravel roads within several popular areas. Closed areas include Greenbrier Road past the Greenbrier Ranger Station, Cataloochee Road past Palmer Chapel, and Parson’s Branch Road, park officials said Thursday afternoon.
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From KPAX-TV, Missoula:
Comments are now being accepted on plans to increase fees, and allow for site reservations, at several overnight campsites at Glacier National Park.
Overnight camping would increase from $20 to $23 in June 2014, and visitors would be able to reserve specific sites at about half of the park's National Recreation Reservation System sites, according to a Glacier Park press release.
The plan would also allow some reservations at the Many Glacier Campground, which is currently a first-come-first-serve campground.
People with senior or special national access passes would still get a half-off discount on camping fees.
Park officials say the increase off-sets the charges from the reservation service provider.
From The Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun:
Visitors planning camping trips to South Dakota state parks and recreation areas will notice changes when reserving campsites this year.
The Department of Game, Fish and Parks has implemented a new reservation system, and state park officials are asking campers to be patient while the final touches are put on the reservation website.
“The new website is still a work in progress, and we will have all of the features that campers are used to, up and running soon,” said state Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer.
In the meantime, campers wishing to book more than one campsite at a time are asked to reserve them through the call center at (800) 710-2267.
The website will also be adding a campsite availability calendar and customer logins.
Reservations for camping in most state parks can be made within 90 days of arrival dates. The first day to make reservations for the annual Open House Weekend is Feb. 16 for a May 17 arrival. During Open House Weekend, no park entrance fees are charged, but camping fees still apply.
Reservations for Memorial Day weekend can be made beginning Feb. 23 for a May 24 arrival. Reservations can be made one year in advance for campsites at Custer State Park and for lodges in all state parks and recreation areas.