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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Introduces New Visitor Fee



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Beginning today, America’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park is introducing a new fee.

According to USA Today, visitors to the park will now have to pay for parking.

It’s all part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s new ‘Park It Forward’ program to help preserve the iconic mountains.
“All revenue generated through the Park it Forward program will remain in the park to support operational costs for managing and improving visitor services such as trail maintenance, custodial services, and trash removal,” the park said in a press release reported by USA Today. “The program will also support more resource education programs, emergency responders, and law enforcement staff across the park.”

Although it is still free to enter the park, if you plan on parking for more than 15 minutes, you will need to purchase a parking tag. Tags cost $5 for daily parking, $15 for seven days, or you can purchase an annual parking tag for just $40.

Tags may be purchased in person or online and must be displayed on each vehicle’s front, passenger windshield, USA Today reports.