Park visitor numbers rise

Jul 13, 2013

Visitation in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for June 2013 was up 5.2 percent as compared with June 2012. During June 2013 a total of 1,264,490 visitors came into the Park which is 62,434 more than in 2012.

Visitation for January through June 2013 however is 5.3 percent below the 2012’s January to June visitation. The Park has recorded a total of 3,770,790 visitors in 2013 which is 210,568 less than what was seen during the same period in 2012.

June marks the beginning of the busy summer season and is traditionally when visitation numbers reach over 1 million per month. While the visitation is slightly down for the year, monthly visitation has recovered to the traditional levels since the reopening of Newfound Gap Road which was closed for almost 3 months due to a landslide.

Visitation for Entrances:

Gatlinburg:              405,905

Townsend:              179,888

Oconaluftee:           229,900

Outlying Areas:       448,798

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