Tourism Up for Summer in Smokies

According to The Knoxville News, tourism to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been up for the summer.

Here’s what The News has to say:

After suffering a 5 percent decrease in park visits over the first six months of 2013, attendance in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has risen in June.

June’s visits totaled 1,264,490 visitors — up by 62,434 visitors, or 5.2 percent, from June of last year, according to a park news release on Friday.

Park officials speculate that the rock slide that closed one of the main park roads, Newfound Gap Road, in January is much of the reason tourism was down.

Molly Schroer said that the park will steadily average about a million visitors from now through October.

For more information about tourism in the Smokies, read the whole Knoxville News article.

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