Great Smoky Mountains N.P Visits Up 3.3%
The National Park Service says the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has seen a 3.3% increase in visitors this year compared with the same period last year.
The Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times reported Sunday (July 25) that official numbers showed an additional 200,000 visitors passed through the park's 13 entrances. But, park spokesman Bob Miller told the newspaper that a good bit of that increase could be attributed to construction near the electronic counter at the Gatlinburg, Tenn., entrance.
Still, Miller said two of the three main entrances showed more people are coming to the park.
Through June 2010, the park had 4.1 million visitors, up from 3.9 million for the same period in 2009.