[at-l] Smoky back country fees

Art Cloutman Art at crystalacresnh.com
Thu Feb 16 18:27:30 CST 2012

The hut system in the Whites existed long before the AT was even 
conceived.  The trails that the AT follow in the Whites also existed 
before the AT was laid out.  Most of the trails were made by the AMC 
back in the 1800's.  The AMC was largely responsible for getting the 
Whites declared a national forest.  The parking fees in the Whites 
are adminstered by the National Forest Service.  None of those fees 
go to AMC.  The AMC built and maintains the huts.  AMC has 
professional staff  to maintain the over used trails and shelters in 
the Whites.  There are millions more hikers in the Whites than thru 
hikers or even AT hikers.  The charges imposed by the AMC are aimed 
at those people not AT hikers but how do you make that determination 
between one and the other.  Allowing some hikers to stay in the huts 
and shelters for work to stay helps some what.  It is a real problem.

>You're right, a'bear. And this is step #1.
>--- On Thu, 2/16/12, Leslie Booher <lbooher at charter.net> wrote:
>I would hate for the Smokies to turn out like the hut system in New 
>England, where so many hikers can't afford the fees.
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Art Cloutman

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