Thursday, January 1, 2009

Backcountry campsite changes in Smokies

There are a few backcountry campsite closings, relocations and new sites in the Smokies you should be aware of that take effect starting today. I just found out about this information from an excellent resource for backcountry camping in the Smokies:

http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/gsmnp/camp.php

The changes are as follows:

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2009 BACKCOUNTRY CAMPSITES CLOSED PERMANENTLY:

Campsite #4 and campsite #7 on Ace Gap Trail
Campsite #21 on Sugarland Mountain Trail
Campsite #26 on Miry Ridge Trail

NEW BACKCOUNTRY CAMPSITES OPEN:
By reservation #21 on Huskey Gap Trail
By reservation #26 on Middle Prong Trail
By reservation #46 on Indian Creek Trail
Non-reservation #51 on Deep Low Gap Trail

Relocation of #26 may be delayed.

The Park Trail Map will be updated on the Park website in February and printed maps will be revised and available in July 2009.

SUGARLANDS PERMIT OFFICE WILL BEGIN SENDING VISITORS TO THE NEW SITES AS THEY ARE READY FOR USE.

The closed campsites will continue to have a sign post and cable systems until the trail maps have been updated and are in use since some visitors familiar with the park will undoubtedly complete permits at self registration and camp in the old sites.

This information will be posted on the backcountry permit stations when the new campsites are ready for use.


Jeff
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2 comments:

smoky scout said...

Happy New Year Jeff! Thanks for posting this and for all the great information you have provided on this site in 2008. Looking forward to more in 2009!

Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Smoky Scout - Happy New Year to you as well! Looks like you've been plugging away at your goal - you're almost half-way there!

Hey, did you see my post on 75 hikes for the 75th Anniversary? Looks like they're following Liz Etnier's book from what I can gather. Might be an opportunity for you to knock-out some new trails with some new companions.