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Blue Ridge Parkway proposes camping fee increase


newspaperBlue Ridge Parkway staff will hold two town hall meetings to discuss possible fee increases in 2017. The current $16.00 per night camping fee at all Parkway campgrounds would be increased to $20.00, and the current $30.00 group camping fee would be increased to $35.00. There would also be two new fees; a $3.00 shower fee for non-campers at those campgrounds where showers are available, and a $5.00 dump fee for non-campers at each campground dump facility.

Senior and Access Pass discounts would still apply to the per-night camping fee, and result in a two dollar increase to $10.00 per night. Passes would not be utilized for non-camper shower or dump fees, or for group camping reservations.

“We are committed to keeping the Parkway camping opportunities affordable and to provide visitors with the best possible experience,” said Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods. “The money from camping fees is used to maintain and improve existing campground infrastructure such as picnic tables, tent pads, and visitor facilities.”

Recent fee projects have replaced fire rings and improved campground volunteer sites for increased visitor service contacts and availability. Additional revenue raised by a fee increase would help improve and create larger infrastructure improvements such as paving, shower facilities, and utility upgrades.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area.  In 2015, more than 15 million park visitors contributed $952.1 million to the local economy and supported 15,300 jobs related to tourism.

A town hall meeting will take place on Wednesday September 7, 2016, at the Watauga County Center, NC Cooperative Extension, 252 Poplar Grove Road in Boone, NC from 4:00-6:00 PM and will include a public comment session. A second meeting will take place on Wednesday September 7, 2016, at the Peaks of Otter Lodge in Bedford, VA at Milepost 86 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, also from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Comments may also be submitted electronically through the following link: parkplanning.nps.gov/blrifeeincrease    through September 15, 2016.

Following the town hall meetings, feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.



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