Shenandoah National Park included in fee hike proposal

Viewers look out on autumn foliage from an overlook in Shenandoah National Park south of Front Royal. Va., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Robert Meyers)

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Visitors to Shenandoah National Park during its busiest months would face a steep fee increase under a National Park Service proposal to address a backlog of maintenance and infrastructure projects.

The popular park is one of 17 included in the proposal, which the Park Service says would raise $70 million a year.

The News Leader reports that the Shenandoah National Park’s daily entrance fee for one car is currently $25. That would jump up to $70 for one to seven days.

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The cost of an annual pass would also increase, rising from $50 to $75.

Other affected parks include Yellowstone in Wyoming, Acadia in Maine, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and Denali in Alaska.

A 30-day public comment period on the proposal opened Tuesday. Interested parties can weigh in online.