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Great Smoky Mountains National Park campground reopens after 9 years of closure

A Great Smoky Mountains National Park campground that has been closed for nine years has reopened, park officials said.

Look Rock Campground is a 68-site facility that offers camping along one of the most scenic roads in the park, according to Superintendent Cassius Cash.

The campground opened on Saturday and remains available until November 13.

“We are grateful to the voices who have supported us in our efforts to obtain the necessary funding for the repairs, including the Friends of the Smokies and their donors,” Cash said in a press release.

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Look Rock Campground and Picnic Area was closed in 2013 after water systems failed. The picnic area reopened with limited services after the park received funding in 2019 to install an accessible vaulted toilet.

A Great Smoky Mountains National Park campground that has been closed for nine years is finally reopening.

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The water system has now been completely replaced, with access to flush toilets and drinking water. Campgrounds have been rehabilitated. Ten sites have been renovated to accommodate larger RVs and provide the first electrical and water hookups in a park campground, the park said.

The park received $4.7 million for the work from camping fees, donations and federal funds.

The campground is located along the Foothills Parkway between Walland, Tennessee and Lake Chilhowee.

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Campground reservations must be made through Recreation.Gov.