Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomes record number of visitors in 2017

GSMNP (WVLT) -- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed a record number of visitors in 2017, according to park officials. 11,338,894 people visited the park in 2017, a .2% increase over 2016.

"We strive each year to provide exceptional services to the visitors who come to enjoy the Smokies," said Superintendent Cassius Cash. "With increasing visitation across seasons, this does not come without challenges. I am proud of the employees who work hard each day to meet these challenges, along with the support of our volunteers and partners who collectively help us care for this incredibly special place."

The park noticed the highest visitation in July 2017 which was followed by October and June. Monthly visitation records were marked during the shoulder season months of January, February, April, September, and November 2017.

The park offers nine front country campgrounds and 100 backcountry campsites for visitors to enjoy the experience of the Smokies.