The U.S. Forest Service may increase, or begin charging, fees at seven recreation sites within the national forests in North Carolina. The Sliding Rock Recreation Area, within the Pisgah National Forest and three shooting ranges in the Nantahala National Forest are some of the areas being considered for the increase.
At Sliding Rock the daily fee would increase from $1 to $2 to provide expanded hours for lifeguards and pay for the maintenance. In Nantahala, all three shooting ranges will begin charging a standard $3 daily fee per person, instead of per vehicle charge. The annual fee would also change to $25 per person.
All proposals will be presented before a citizen’s advisory committee at meetings this spring which are open to the public. If approved, the Forest Service will implement the fee changes later in 2013 over a two-year period.