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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...