Great Smoky Mountains National Park set another visitation record in 2019, and in the process, smashed the previous record set during the prior year. The park counted 12,547,743 visits last year, a 9.9% increase over the prior year. 2019 also marked the 4th year in a row that the Smokies surpassed 11 million visits, and the 6th year in a row in which it exceeded 10 million visits.
Below is a graph showing total visitor counts since the park's inception:
The ramification to the park, the wildlife and visitor enjoyment will be profound if this growth isn't checked at some point.
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