(WBIR) 2013 was a year full of obstacles for businesses relying on one of our area's greatest assets: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
This year they faced many roadblocks.
In January, Newfound Gap Road was closed for three months due to a landslide. It was also one of the rainiest years in recent memory, plus in October the national park was shutdown for more than two weeks.
"It hasn't been the best year, but it hasn't been the worst year," said Gatlinburg City Councilman Mike Werner.
He said the city's tax receipts were 5.25 percent better at the end of October this year when compared to last year.
"It was a little surprising to me, but I think the economy may be getting a little better. People aren't as afraid to travel, and they want to get out and have some fun," said Werner.
In Townsend, businesses were affected differently by all the obstacles. The one that owners said made the most impact was the government shutdown.
"Townsend draws a different type of person, so we have a lot of people just come in for nature," said Roy Holmes who owns Dogwood Mall.
Since the shutdown happened during peak leaf viewing season, some business owners said they haven't recovered from the month of October.
Others like Roy Holmes said they're ending the year on a positive note.
"We actually did pretty well. I was kind of surprised, but we've been around for a long time and have unusual products," said Holmes.