Category Archives: Park Visitation

Visitors to the Smokies about the same as last year

So far this year, the number of visitors to the Smokies is about the same as this time last year.  According to the article below, about 54 more people have visited since this time last year.  Considering last year more visitors visited since 2000, that means the Smoky Mountains are extremely popular.  With the economy in the tank, the fact that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free probably means many people are vacationing there to keep vacationing.  I think that’s a great thing.  There is usually something good in everything if you look hard enough.  While the economy may be tanking, just think of the people who will learn more about the Smokies because of that.  My guess is, many of those folks will be back for years to come.–smokiesvisits,0,3612657.story

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Visits to the Smokies down by nearly 30%

It looks like about 28% fewer people visited the Smokies in February.  That’s compared to last Feb.  Visits are also down for the year.  Of course, the rockslides contribute to this, but the cold weather also played a role.  You can find more details on visitation at the article below…


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