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Heavy rains on Monday evening (Oct. 1) left more than a dozen campers in Lebanon, Tenn., scrambling to save their RVs.

Timberline Resort on Murfreesboro Road near Interstate 40 was flooded after water spilled out of Sinking Creek and into the campground.

Jonathan Witt and Katie Vanoeffelen, of Michigan, were in town for work. They were not at the site when the water began rising, but their truck and recreational vehicle were parked within a few yards of creek bank in Lot 6.

“We got a phone call that said, ‘The camper’s going to get flooded. You need to get here immediately,’” Vanoeffelen said.

Within minutes, Vanoeffelen and Witt arrived back at the campsite, but the water was rising quickly.

“When we got here, water just started to get on the rear jacks of the RV,” Witt said. “By the time I was done, my trailer is three [to] three-and-a-half feet plus my truck and the water was already up to the running boards of my truck which in on the uphill side.”

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Fifth Wheel Mountain Camping cartoonForestCamping.com a website for camping in national forests and grasslands, now provides a list of volunteer campground host positions available at Forest Service campgrounds across the country.

National forests and grasslands are dealing with reductions in recreation budgets and staffing. As the national economy slowly recovers, people continue to take camping vacations in the 175 national forests and grasslands across the country. These two factors have increased the need for volunteer campground host/hostess and ForestCamping.com is providing a way for the public to find each other.

Duties vary, but as a rule of thumb, a volunteer Forest Service campground host/hostess provides information and assistance to campers, monitors campgrounds for Forest Service, and performs light maintenance duties. In turn, the volunteer receives a campsite and, sometimes, minimal monetary assistance.

The need for volunteer campground hosts is year round and it not limited to one area or just the summer months. Although the greatest need is during the summer, many national forests and grasslands in the southern and southwestern states are available to campers and during the winter months.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Visitors can view mountain ridges stretching to the horizon from Newfound Gap Road. (Photo courtesy of Robert Crootof)

Gatlinburg, Tenn. – Cool streams bordered with rhododendrons and laurel, mountainsides covered in a colorful patchwork of autumn leaves, the sound of an elk’s bugle carrying in the still morning air – this week’s National Park Getaway is world renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains and the quality of its remnants of southern Appalachian mountain culture.

Great Smoky Mountains, America’s most visited national park, includes more than 800 miles of hiking trails, 700 miles of fishable streams and hundreds of miles of equestrian trails. Along the park’s 384 miles of road you’ll find panoramic views, weathered historic buildings and tumbling mountain streams.

The park shares the stories of Southern Appalachian living that spans thousands of years and protects historic structures, landscapes and artifacts that tell the varied stories of those who once called these mountains home. At Great Smoky Mountains you’ll find one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States.

Whether you’re driving the main roads or hiking the backcountry, you could stay a week and not see it all. Start your journey by reading this week’s 
National Park Getaway article at www.nps.gov/getaways.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Campground

Frontcountry campgrounds have campsites that can accommodate tents, pop-up trailers, or RVs.

The National Park Service maintains developed campgrounds at 10 locations in the park:

• Abrams Creek
• Balsam Mountain
• Big Creek
• Cades Cove
• Cataloochee
• Cosby
• Deep Creek
• Elkmont
• Look Rock
• Smokemont

Each campground has restrooms with cold running water and flush toilets. Each individual campsite has a fire grate and picnic table. There are no showers or electrical or water hookups in the park. Shower facilities are available in the communities surrounding the national park. Please inquire about the nearest facilities when you check-in at the campground. (5 amp electric hookups are available at a few sites in Cades Cove, Elkmont, and Smokemont for use only by those with medical needs. Check www.recreation.gov for more information.)

Campsites at Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Cosby, Elkmont, and Smokemont may be reserved online or by phone at (877) 444-6777. Advance reservations are required at Cataloochee Campground. All remaining park campgrounds are first-come, first-served. Additional information about camping reservations, including reservation time frames.

In addition to individual campsites, the park offers a limited number of group camping areas.

Please read Campground Rules and Regulations for information concerning food storage, generator use, quiet hours, and other campground regulations.

 

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