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SMOKIES FEE RISES BY $1

SMOKIES FEE RISES BY $1

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The price for camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is going up $1 per night beginning March 1, park officials said.

The fee increase, affecting all 10 campgrounds in Tennessee and North Carolina, is the first in the Smokies since 1987 when the fee was raised for the Look Rock campground.Rates will now range from $6 per night to $11, depending on the season and the size of the campground.

The Smokies, America's most visited national park, doesn't charge an entrance fee. And a recent survey found that the fees for its 1,300 campsites were cheaper than those charged by private campgrounds in the area.

The Smokies three year-round campgrounds - Cades Cove and Elkmont in Tennessee, and Smokemont in North Carolina - will charge $8 per site during the off-season. The fee will be $11 per site during the summer, May 15-Oct. 31.

The group camping rate will remain a minimum of $15.

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