Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are reminded now required to purchase a parking tag if they plan to stop anywhere in the park for more than 15 minutes.
Smokies Park Ranger Kendra Straub will explain the new parking tag program and answer questions from the community during a presentation at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Maggie Valley Town Hall Pavilion during the monthly Maggie Valley Rise and Shine gathering.
The ‘Park it Forward’ program went into place March 1.
“We owe a huge thanks to our park neighbors, communities, partners, and visitors for their support and feedback for this important and historic program,” said GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash. “Park it Forward will undoubtedly help protect the park resources and enhance visitors’ experiences in a substantial way now and into the future.”
Park users will directly contribute to protecting the park when they buy a parking tag. 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 program will also support more resource education programs, emergency responders, and law enforcement staff across the park.
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