The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

October 28, 2013

Proposed campground fees up for comment

GLEN JEAN — The New River Gorge National River recently solicited public input on a proposal to charge fees at the park’s new flagship campground, the Meadow Creek Campground, near Sandstone.

Most of the feedback from government representatives, stakeholders and the public indicated general support for charging fees in National Park Service campgrounds in order to provide facilities and services.

Because of this feedback, the NPS wants to gauge public sentiment for charging fees in three existing campgrounds in the New River Gorge National River: Army Camp Campground, Glade Creek Campground and Grandview Sandbar Campground, all located in the vicinity of Prince.

Amenities at these campgrounds are limited: all campsites have a picnic table and fire ring, and drive-in sites have a tent pad.

A volunteer camp host site is located at Grandview Sandbar Campground. Army Camp Campground provides 10 drive-in campsites, including two that are handicapped accessible, and six aerated vault toilet stalls.

Glade Creek Campground offers six walk-in and six drive-in campsites, including one that is handicapped accessible, and a five-stall aerated vault toilet.

Grandview Sandbar Campground has six walk-in campsites, 10 drive-in sites, including one that is handicapped-accessible, and two handicapped-only drive-in campsites, as well as two multi-stalled aerated vault toilets.  More information on these campgrounds can be found at www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm.

 The NPS proposes to charge $5 per night for use of each site, a rate that is based on comparisons to rates and amenities in other similar campgrounds in Southern West Virginia. By law, this rate must be comparable, without undercutting, rates at campgrounds in the local area.

Recognizing that these campsites have traditionally been available for fee-free public use, the park’s decision to move forward with this proposal will be based on the feedback received from the public during this open comment period. Free camping

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