Closed Campground Cuts Great Smokey Visits
Visits to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were down 4.1% in October, compared with the year before, according to the Associated Press.
National Park Service spokesman Bob Miller said traffic into the park remains ahead by 4.3% for 2009 to date.
The drop last month came during the prime season for viewing fall foliage in the half-million-acre park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border.
Officials said much of the decline was attributable to the closing of the Cosby campground for repaving.
Entrances at Gatlinburg were up 4.4%, down 1.3% at Townsend and unchanged at Cherokee, N.C.
However, there was a combined 21.2% decline at the 13 outlying entrances to the park.