Blue Ridge Parkway Camping Fees Increase

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Prices are going up for camping along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Roanoke Times reports overnight camping fees will be $20 this year, a $4 increase over last year. The higher fees are among other changes the parkway announced when it released its schedule of openings for the spring.

Among the others: only heat-treated, bundled firewood certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture can be brought to the parkway. Campers can also collect and burn wood from the immediate vicinity of campgrounds and picnic areas.

Non-treated wood is being banned in order to prevent the spread of invasive insect and plant species.

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