Smoky Mountain Visitation Down for First Part of 2013
The National Park Service reports a drop in visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the first four months of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Statistics show 1,620,340 visited the park between January and April. That represents a drop of 359,202 visitors. Rangers suggest the closure of Newfound Gap Road between Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Cherokee, North Carolina is the most likely reason for the decrease. The road was closed January 13 after a landslide wiped out approximately 200 feet of road surface.