Where in the Appalachian Bioregion are we going?

Where in the Appalachian Bioregion are we going? The consensus was for the White Mountain National Forest (in the Northeast), or the Appalachian states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia. Spring Council selected a site in North Eastern Tennessee.

If you're not familiar with the gauntlet on the road into the gathering, and want to avoid a mandatory court appearance ticket click here.

For the Howdy Folks and directions to the gathering, click here. For the United States Forest Service Incident Command website with groovy maps and updates, click here.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Parking and Cars Getting Towed

To prevent your car from being one of the ones that gets towed, make sure to park only along the gathering side of 87 (not the lake side).  Park only on the gravel section of the road. Park with all 4 wheels completely off the gravel.  Do not park on curves.

Rumor has it that areas closed to parking are not clearly marked.  Tow trucks are out in force so unless you want to contribute in this manner to the local economy, make sure to stick with the program.

If you've got a big group and lot's of gear, drop off some of your folks with your gear at a gate and then go park the vehicle.  Then walk back to where you left everyone.

Check with INFO for updates on cars being towed, parking, etc.

Update from a friend of mine whose been on site As of 7/1/12 # 3:15 PM PT

  wanted to let you know that parking is at a critical point.  folks drive around trying to find a place to park.   there is no real bus village and parking is only on the  non-lake side. if you do not park with all four wheels off the road you will be ticketed and towed.  the tow price is  $135.00 plus gas and storage fees.     park in the first place that you can park, making sure to avoid the "no parking" areas.   unfortunately where ever you park you will be a number of miles from any of the entrance trails.    there is not shuttle available; fortunately the locals are helping to shuttle folks in to the trails.

Update from USFS Website 7/2/12 @ 6:30 AM PT (see link at top of page)

As of 9 a.m. on July 1, 2012, there are approximately 5,335 gatherers, 1,450 vehicles, and 26 buses at the event.
All Forest Visitors Must Obey Traffic Laws and Parking Regulations
All visitors to the Cherokee National Forest must obey traffic laws and parking regulations or risk being towed. Please use caution and observe all traffic signs, particularly along Forest Service Road 87, Flatwoods Road. This area is very congested due to the 2012 National Rainbow Family Gathering. If your vehicle is towed, please call Sullivan County at (423) 279-7500.
Forest Service Road 87D Open to One-way Traffic Only
To aid traffic flow, Forest Service Road 87D is open to one-way traffic only. Please use caution and observe all traffic signs.
Parking Prohibited on Paved Portion of Forest Service Road 87
Parking is prohibited on both sides of the paved portion of Forest Service Road 87 from State Road 421 to the Three Rocks Area, the entrance to Little Oak Campground. The road itself remains open. The Forest Service wants to avoid the risk of pavement being broken off by a high number of vehicles parking along the side of the road. This short-term closure will ensure long-term benefits to the local community.


  1. Hi! I was wondering what the updated water and overall gathering situation is? Me and a few friends are looking to head there shortly, but some reports are saying little water, contaminated water and food, alcohol in the gathering, etc. Any enlightenment to the situation would help greatly!

  2. Go home. Ignore dome and gloom. Lot's of water in the site, but bring a gallon of water per person to cover you from the car until you get into the gathering. Food is plentiful. Plenty of filtered water on site. Full moon night of July 3. Temperatures dropping on Monday. Should be in the high 70s/low 80s - perfect!