GATLINBURG, TN – Feb. 21, 2019 – Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed a record 11,421,203 visitors in 2018. The 0.7% increase over 2017 was due to the opening of the new section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley in November.
In just two months, nearly 200,000 visitors experienced this new park opportunity which resulted in record-setting visitation in both November and December.
Park visitation across the park remained relatively stable as compared to 2017 with the highest visitation in July, followed by June and then October. Monthly visitation records were set during June, September, November and December. Visitors spent nearly 400,000 nights camping in the park which was down 3% from 2017, but within the 5-year average. The park offers nine front country campgrounds and 100 backcountry campsites for visitors to enjoy across the park.
For more information about visitation stats, visit www.irma.nps.gov/Stats.
For more information on Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit www.nps.gov/grsm.
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