Big South Fork Proposes Fee Changes for Bandy Creek Group Camps
Contact: Letitia Neal, 423-569-9778
Contact: Dave Carney, 423-569-9778
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is proposing to increase the fees currently charged for group camping. Due to the increase in demand and use of the two group camps at Bandy Creek Campground, it has been proposed to increase the nightly rate from $75.00 to $125.00. Each group camp can accommodate at least 96 persons per night and includes a bathhouse with hot water showers and a picnic pavilion with electrical outlets, a standing large grill/cooking area and stone fireplace. This will be the first increase enacted for the group camp in over ten years. This price adjustment will remove any possibility of the park unintentionally undercutting local businesses.
The proposed changes are based on a fee comparability study conducted this summer involving similar operations. The proposals will bring Big South Fork NRRA more in line with the price structure of the local community and the businesses that are similar in nature to the park's.
Through the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, Big South Fork NRRA will also be utilizing the increased revenues to improve visitor related park operations and facilities. Work will continue on upgrading the condition of trails as well as provide funding to install more food storage lockers to protect visitors and wildlife. These programs are only two of the many areas that are currently benefiting from the collection of recreational fees and which enhance the quality of the experience shared by visitors while visiting Big South Fork NRRA.
If you have any comments or questions about the proposed price change, contact the park superintendent by writing, Big South Fork Superintendent, 4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, TN 37841, by calling at (423) 569-9778, or email us.
Did You Know?
In the mid-1990's black bear were released in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area to study relocation techniques and to determine whether adequate habitat existed in the area. There are now an estimated 40 - 50 bear living in and around the park. More...