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Smokies to collect $4 per day backcountry fee

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is changing its backcountry reservation and permitting process. Beginning early next year, the park will collect a $4 per person per night fee for backcountry camping. The money collected from the fees will be used to improve customer service for backcountry trip planning, reservations and permits. Backcountry Office hours will...

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