Visits to Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year have remained strong - despite several road construction projects.
For the year-to-date, through July, visits are up 2.4%. This figure is even more impressive when you consider that the park was celebrating its 75th anniversary last year.
Although overall July visits were flat compared to the same month last year, Gatlinburg saw a 7.4% increase, Townsend reported a 12.8% increase, and Cherokee reported a whopping 26.9% increase.
However, those entrances were offset by a 32.4% decrease in the outlying park entrances for the month.
Comparatively, the Blue Ridge Parkway reported a 3.8% decline in July, and is down 16.6% for the YTD. Shenandoah National Park saw a 7.1% increase in July and is up 2.6% for the YTD.
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