According to data collected by the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics website, visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park increased by a whopping 6% in 2015, when compared to the prior year. In total, the park recorded 10,700,844 visitors last year, versus 10,099,275 in 2014.
Moreover, 2015 now ranks as the highest visitation count on record, and is only the fifth time visitation has ever exceeded the 10 million mark. 1999 now ranks as the second highest when 10,283,598 people visited the park. The 2015 number is almost 4.1% higher than the visitor count recorded in 1999.
Here's a graphical look at visitation counts since the Smokies became a national park:
If you plan to visit the Smokies this upcoming year, please note that our hiking website also offers a wide variety of accommodation listings to help with your trip planning.
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