Visits to Great Smokies Park Up
Visits to Great Smokies were up 7.5 percent in 2012. A half-million more visitors toured the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2012 than during the preceding year. The National Park Service figures released showed approximately 9,686,000 people entered the park during last year. That compares with just below 9,009,000 the year before. Park officials said a mild winter and spring during 2012 helped boost tourism in the nation's most-visited national park. There were nearly 2 percent more visitors in December than in the last month of 2011.
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