Smokies visitation up in June

11:06 AM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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The start of summer flooded the Great Smoky Mountains with visitors.

Park officials said more than 1.2 millions people came to the Smokies during the month of June.  That's up more than 5% from last year.

But overall, visitation to the park is down for the first part of the year, from January until June.  The park has recorded a total of 3,770,790 visitors in 2013, which is 210,568 less than what was seen during the same period in 2012.

The park isn't too worried, though, because June marks the beginning of the busy summer season. 

Officials expect the number of visits to the park to reach over one million per month for the rest of the year.

They expect the numbers for 2013 to increase because Newfound Gap Road reopened after a landslide closed it for almost 3 months.

Visitation for Entrances:

Gatlinburg: 405,905
Townsend: 179,888
Oconaluftee: 229,900
Outlying Areas: 448,798

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