“It is somewhat of a paradox that a large park should have problems accommodating a relatively small number of people. The problem really is not the number of people, but rather the number of vehicles. As we have finally learned by past experiences in other area, the solution is not to provide more and more roads for more and more automobiles.”
— National Park Service Director George Hartzog, 1972
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Buses were a tradition in the park already, taking visitors into the park beginning in the 1930s. When the decision was made to restrict travel beyond Savage River to buses and private vehicles with permits in 1972, it was, of course, controversial.
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