Visits to National Park up for the month of April but down at Townsend entrance

Visits to the Great Smoky Mountains increased by more than 10 percent in the month of April but visits through the Townsend entrance were off by more than 19 percent for the month because Cades Cove was closed until April 24.

Park spokesman Bob Miller said April entrance statistics were as follows: Visits to the Park through the Gatlinburg entrance were up 16.9 percent after Interstate 40 reopened around April 26 following a rock slide in North Carolina that blocked the roadway; Visits to the Park through the Townsend entrance were off by 19.4 percent for April and Park officials attributed this to the Cades Cove being closed while roadwork was being completed. Visits to the Park through the Cherokee entrance rose 39.4 percent before of Interstate 40 detour track around the rock slide.

While April visits to Great Smoky Mountains National Park were up by 10.2 percent Park-wide, year-to-date visits to the Park was still off by 2.7 percent year to date.

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