Shawnee National Forest to consider fees for Garden of the Gods, other areas
HARRISBURG -- Declining budgets, overdue maintenance and increased use all are contributing to a Shawnee National Forest plan to charge a $5 daily use fee at Garden of the Gods and some other popular Forest Service recreation sites. Laura Lecher, the forest's recreation manager, says said when the sun was blotted out briefly in August of 2017, it signaled an influx of tourism to the region that has continued. The increased number of people using the forest, though, has strained some existing sites, she said.
Aug 16, 2019 8:39 AM