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    Default The Smokies Might Be Re-Opening Soon

    It looks like the Smokies might be re-opening very soon as the state of Tennessee is going to try and fund the park itself (subscription required).

    NASHVILLE Gov. Bill Haslam is working with Tennessee congressmen to assess the feasibility of using state government resources to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and three other areas closed by the partial federal government shutdown, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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    Wow. October is the busiest time of the year for tourism in east Tennessee. They must be losing a ton of revenue to step in like this.

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    I heard about this on the news last night on my drive home... but the latest word at that time was that efforts failed.
    Besides, my guess is that it would require efforts from both TN and NC to get GSMNP going again without Fed support... and I just don't see three government entities coming together in time... not for something as big as the Smokies.

    And for me... at this point I believe it is too late. I had reservations for this weekend... but now I'm looking at just a local hike rather than a trip to GSMNP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marti038 View Post
    Wow. October is the busiest time of the year for tourism in east Tennessee. They must be losing a ton of revenue to step in like this.
    Weeks ago, someone in the news accurately expressed it this way: To the locals, closing the GSMNP in October is like forcing retailers in other cities across the country to close between Thanskgiving and Christmas.

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    Utah just did a similar thing. They are opening 5 of their NP according to CNN:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/us/uta...html?hpt=hp_c2

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    Can you still day hike and whatnot? If the employees aren't working, would anyone be there to tell you to leave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMiner2 View Post
    Can you still day hike and whatnot? If the employees aren't working, would anyone be there to tell you to leave?
    http://www.appalachiantrail.org/hiking/trail-updates

    For the AT specifically, but applies to all the parks. Legally, you are not supposed to be hiking in the park during the closure.

    I know on other threads, people have been stopped by LEO rangers and told to leave.
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    The State of New York is paying $61,600 A DAY (!!!!!!!) to reopen the Statue of Liberty.

    How the hell is that amount possible?

    If little ole Liberty Island costs over 61k a day to operate, how much are feds asking for the GSMNP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    http://www.appalachiantrail.org/hiking/trail-updates

    For the AT specifically, but applies to all the parks. Legally, you are not supposed to be hiking in the park during the closure.

    I know on other threads, people have been stopped by LEO rangers and told to leave.
    Awesome (not the situation, but the info)!

    Is Cherokee Nat'l Forest open? The Tellico area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMiner2 View Post
    Awesome (not the situation, but the info)!

    Is Cherokee Nat'l Forest open? The Tellico area?
    GEnerally, the USFS units are open (except for facilities). Having said that, USFS units are more individualistic. A handful of USFS units are closed similar to parks. I see you are in Knoxville. A local outdoor store may have more "info on the ground" and can probably give you more updated info than I.
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    Quote Originally Posted by max patch View Post
    The State of New York is paying $61,600 A DAY (!!!!!!!) to reopen the Statue of Liberty.

    How the hell is that amount possible?

    If little ole Liberty Island costs over 61k a day to operate, how much are feds asking for the GSMNP?
    Can't tell you about the Smokies, but the state of Colorado is paying $40k/day to keep open RMNP
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    tennessee's initial figures are 60 k a day to open GSMNP....

    but.......looks like its going to happen....

    there's a deal in the works to get it open by wednesday or thursday is what we're hearing....

    more later....

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    Is Cherokee Nat'l Forest open? The Tellico area?


    yes.....these are open.....

    the frontcountry camping spots (such as indian boundary) are closed but trails and what not are open,....

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    Open this Thursday for the weekend. HIKE ON!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Many Moons View Post
    Open this Thursday for the weekend. HIKE ON!!!

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    http://www.wate.com/story/23695001/g...open-wednesday


    YUP!!

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    Hey Knox folk!

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    One report on the Weather Channel (the only "news" channel I will watch), says it costs $90,000 a day to run the Grand Canyon. It's a big ass ditch with a river running through it. It's been there for several hundred million years (or seven thousand years if you are a complete ignoramus), and we have only been around to "run it" for what, 200 years? I think it will do just fine without a bureaucrazy "running it". (Yes, I misspelled that on purpose).
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    Keeping it real & only talking about opening the GSMNP with regards to hiking.

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