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Great Smoky Mountains National Park to charge for parking

From the National Park Service and WATE in Knoxville: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers are reminding those planning on visiting the park over spring break of the new “Park it Forward” program.


The “Park it Forward” program requires those who are parked inside the national park for 15 minutes or more to have a pass. It also implemented small camping fee increases.


You’ll have several options when purchasing a tag. An annual pass is $40, a seven-day pass is $15, and a day pass is $5.


Once obtained, parking passes are valid for any designated parking area within the Smokies, even if you cross into North Carolina. Parking tags are available at several designated areas in the Great Smoky Mountain and online on the park website.


The money from these tags will stay within the park, helping to pay for more staff and to maintain the area. Park officials said last year they believe the revenue collected from parking fees will bring in around $7 million annually.