AC-T: Smokies sets visitation record for 2016

By , kchavez@citizen-times.com

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – Despite a late fall wildfire that shut down the park for nearly two weeks and scorched 11,000 acres, the Smokies drew a record number of visitors last year.

Park spokeswoman Jamie Sanders said more than 11.3 million people visited the Smokies in 2016, helping increase a healthy connection to the outdoors while boosting the economy.

The visitation was a 5.6 percent increase over 2015 when there were 10.7 million visitors.

The Smokies is a rugged swath of a half-million acres of wilderness, front- and backcountry campsites, picnic areas, historic structures and some 900 miles of trails straddling the North Carolina-Tennessee border. It is the most visited park in the National Park Service.

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