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Workers clear storm damage from Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Saturday, July 7, 2012, near Townsend, Tenn., as rangers shifted their focus Saturday from rescue efforts to reopening the popular area to the public.

Violent storms hit at the west part of the 500,000-acre reserve on the Tennessee-North Carolina line. casing the park to close. Cades Cove and communities just outside the park boundaries received the most damage.

Two people were killed at Cades Cove and several others were injured. At Abrams Creek Campground, a tree fell into a swimming hole, killing 41-year-old Rachael Burkhart, of Corryton, Tenn., according to a Park Ranger. Also killed in the park was Ralph Frazier, 50, of Buford, Ga., who was riding a motorcycle when a falling limb struck him in the head.

Many campers were still in the Cades Cove area Saturday.

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 Great Smoky Mountains National 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. (15 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.

 

Washington State Parks rangers and managers of other state lands are gearing up for the debut of the Discover Pass, which will be required for motor vehicle access to most state lands starting in July.

State officials aren’t expecting a jubilant reception for the new permit created by the Washington Legislature.

The pass will be required for many mushroomers, berry pickers, firewood cutters, geocachers and others not familiar with paying to recreate on state lands.

Online responses to state agency websites have been largely negative.

“We’ll be making a special effort to explain the pass,” said Chris Guidotti, Riverside State Park manager in Spokane. “Without it we’d be closing parks.”

With some exceptions, the $30 annual pass ($10 daily) will be required on all street-legal vehicles, including motorcycles, in state parks as well as on lands managed by the departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife.
Staff from the three agencies have been meeting since April to work out details of the program.

The law was signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire on May 12 to help plow through the state budget crisis without closing parks or other state-land facilities, such as fishing access sites and DNR campgrounds.

The law takes effect Friday, but state officials say they won’t begin enforcing the pass requirement until July 5, after the Independence Day holiday.

The passes can be purchased online or wherever Washington hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Spokane County alone has 42 hunting and fishing license dealers ranging from sporting goods shops to Wal-Mart.

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