The Obed Wild & Scenic River (Obed WSR) in Tennessee has opened a public comment period regarding a proposed increase in the overnight camping fee at Rock Creek Campground. The proposal suggests raising the fee from $10 to $15, effective January 1, 2024.
This proposed fee hike is the first since 2016, attributed to the rising administrative and service charges since the campground joined the national reservation system. The increase aims to prevent undercutting local businesses and is backed by comparability reviews.
Rock Creek Campground, nestled six miles from Wartburg, Tennessee, near the Emory River, offers a serene camping experience. It comprises 11 campsites, two of which are ADA accessible, providing a peaceful retreat for nature enthusiasts.
The campground’s amenities include picnic tables, food storage lockers, fire rings with grills, paved parking, and a centrally located vault toilet. These facilities ensure a comfortable stay for visitors, making it a preferred choice for many, according to a news release by the National Park Service.
The revenue generated from the camping fees is earmarked for enhancing visitor experiences. This includes maintenance and improvements in trails, campground facilities, parking areas, and funding essential job positions to ensure the campground remains well-maintained.
The public comment period, spanning from September 28 to October , invites individuals to share their opinions on the proposed fee increase. Comments can be submitted via email to email@example.com or through mail to the Park Superintendent at P.O. Box 429, Wartburg, TN 37887.
For those seeking more information or wishing to provide feedback in person, they can contact the Obed Wild & Scenic River’s Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294. Additionally, details can be found on www.nps.gov/obed or by calling 423-569-9778.
Visitors have always cherished the natural beauty and peaceful environment of Rock Creek Campground. The well-maintained trails and facilities add to the allure, making it a hidden gem for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle.
The current fee of $10.00 per night for camping at Rock Creek Campground has been in place for several years. The proposed increase is seen as a necessary step to continue providing quality services and maintaining the campground’s infrastructure.
Apart from camping fees, Obed WSR offers various passes and permits for different activities. These include the Interagency Lifetime Senior Pass, Interagency Annual Senior Pass, and the America the Beautiful-National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, among others.