Busy year for visits to the Smokies

1:42 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Visits to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are up by nearly 8 percent over last year for the year to date.

Park spokeswoman Molly Schroer said November visits to the 500,000-acre park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border totaled 657,935 people. That was up 8.6 percent from November 2011.

After revising October's figures, which were slightly ahead of the same month last year, year-to-date visits to the Smokies through November totaled 9,204,736 people. That's up 7.8 percent from January through November 2011.

October is a big month for visits because of the fall foliage. The revised figure for that month is 1,133,604.

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