Great Smoky Mountains Attendance Up

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park released its visitation numbers for January and park officials have noted that it was the busiest January on record in the Smokies. Almost 497,000 people visited the Great Smoky Mountains in January this year and when comparing it to the previous year, it was about a 55 percent increase. The previous record for visitation in January was in 2017 when 382,161 people visited the park.

The Great Smoky Mountains has never reached these visitation numbers prior to the month of March. Park officials attribute much of the increase due to the recent opening of the “missing-link” of the Foothills Park stretching from Wears Valley to Walland, however, all entrances of the park saw visitation rise with Gatlinburg seeing approximately 29,000 more visitors than any previous January.