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Posted: 04/13/22 06:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pbeverly wrote:

I don't know what the solution is. The reality is things are totally different today from when the National Parks were created. People now have the ability to easily get to them and experience them. That ease creates a numbers problem.

Yes, the parks are supported by our tax dollars. Another reality is the money the parks are getting from our tax dollars is not enough to maintain the parks. There is a serious backlog of maintenance issues.

Here in SC the State Parks have to be able to sustain themselves. This has actually improved the parks. Yes you pay to get into the bigger and popular parks. Those fees also help keep the crime down.

Again, don't know the solution but something has to be done. Will be camping for a week in May near the GSMNP before school is out, so hopefully not too bad. Went to Grand Canyon last year 2 weeks after Easter hoping to miss Spring Break and had no crowd issues. I am sure COVID helped the crowd issues there last year.

Good words and a good point. Just because there are taxes doesn't mean the politicians will send more of those dollars to the parks. SC has excellent state parks at least those I've visited. I agree that it does keep down the crime too.


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charlestonsouthern wrote:

Would fee-based parking permits include those people who have lifetime senior citizens or "golden" passes provided by federal parks across the US?


According to the FAQ list from the park, the passes like the golden passes will not cover the parking fee. Everyone will have to pay.


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Maybe we're doing something different in Pa,but for the past 20 + years the parks have been upgraded with more FHU sites and new bathouses and concession stands. And the rates are pretty reasonable. In Va state parks we paid $48 for a W&E hookups. In Pa you can get FHU for less than that.For state residents it's $27 for electric and $40 for FHU.They charge $4 more per nite for a Friday and Saturday but give a senior discount of $4.50 a nite.

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Mayor30 wrote:

Maybe we're doing something different in Pa,but for the past 20 + years the parks have been upgraded with more FHU sites and new bathouses and concession stands. And the rates are pretty reasonable. In Va state parks we paid $48 for a W&E hookups. In Pa you can get FHU for less than that.For state residents it's $27 for electric and $40 for FHU.They charge $4 more per nite for a Friday and Saturday but give a senior discount of $4.50 a nite.


This is the National Park, not a state park. Tennessee state parks are well run and very nice. Some of the best state parks I've been in.

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