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By Daniel Cartwright
From Chattanooga, TN
Mar 14, 2014

Hello,

I just wanted to remind everyone that the foster falls camp ground is closed! I just got off the phone with a TVA representative and apparently someone opened the gate without permission. The result has been a huge buildup of trash in the area. The TVA is currently working on cleaning up and hiring someone to oversee the campground.

Please do not camp in the area near the lot until it has officially opened again in April.


Climber access still shouldn't be a problem.


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By Curtles
From Alabama
Mar 15, 2014

What about the bathhouse in the parking lot? We were there last week and they were closed. Only one Porta-potty.Sounds bad.


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By Thierry
From Murfreesboro, TN
Mar 15, 2014

According to the TVA website:
www.tva.com/river/recreation/camping.htm#fosterfalls
The campground and bath house are no longer in operation.
Opening date is normally 3/14 but it was closed today.
The restrooms in the parking lot are closed. Two porta-potty are in front of the building.
Today was beautiful, parking lot was overflowing and so were the portables.


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By Daniel Cartwright
From Chattanooga, TN
Mar 16, 2014

the rep I talked to was TVA Land manager and she said the campground should be open in April. The date might have been pushed back from the original March date since they have not hired someone to oversee the campground yet.
I do not recall her saying specifically that the bathrooms will be open again. However the sign on the door says "closed for the season". Since the camping season has not begun yet this must be referring to the present non-camping season and the intention to open again at its conclusion. If it was closed forever it might say "indefinitely" or "until further notice".


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By Rob Davis
From Brooklyn, NY
Mar 16, 2014

haven't been in a while (and wont' be soon) but does that mean that the hike-in camping is closed to?


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By Khowe765
From Knoxville, TN
Mar 16, 2014
Linville Gorge

Thanks for the information Daniel. Hopefully the campground at Foster will be re-opened soon.


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By Daniel Cartwright
From Chattanooga, TN
Mar 16, 2014

The sites along the Fiery Gizzard Trail are open year round according to the Dixie Cragger Atlas. The trails and climbing areas are owned by the state parks service not the TVA. These should be maintained and are open for use as far as I know.


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By Thierry
From Murfreesboro, TN
Mar 17, 2014

Thanks Daniel.

The sign on the closed gate of the 'car camping' area states that the Father Adamz campsites (about 1/3 miles in) are open. So are the Small Wilds campsite (about 2 miles in). They were in use this weekend.

FYI: bring your own water -- I couldn't find a faucet with water around the parking lot.

Hoping that "no longer in operation" is just temporary.


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By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
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From Alabama
Mar 17, 2014
Starting the second section of Live to climb another day

So what happened to the lady that did run it? I havent been there in 3 years


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By ecessg
Mar 21, 2014

i would also like to know about the caretaker lady. the trailer she lived in burnt.


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By Daniel Cartwright
From Chattanooga, TN
Mar 21, 2014

All I know is that they are trying to hire someone new to replace her. Anyone else have info?


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By Sofia Zappi
From FL/WY
May 13, 2014
Buck Mountain, Grand Teton

Hi guys, does anyone know if Foster Falls is open now? I tried calling the number I had from last year but go nothing. Also can't find any website to make a reservation for it. Thanks in advance!!!!


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By Jsimpson
May 13, 2014

I would like to know if the lady is okay too. If anyone fond out please post here. Thanks


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By sharyl
From Chattanooga, TN
May 17, 2014

Hey All,
I was just out there last month for Ragnorok comp. I spoke with TVA workers that were emptying trash cans.
The lady that used to work out there is ok. she has decided to retire, and had been considering it before the fire.

The bathrooms, bath house etc. will remain closed until they hire someone to keep them stocked/cleaned.

There were 2 port-a-potties in decent shape when I was there.

The TVA workers and a park ranger told us it was ok to tent camp in the car camping area, but you can not drive in there.

Father Adamz (hike in camping) is open as usual.

Again this was beta I was given first hand around mid April


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