Fall in mountain visits brings down yearly total
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - With another monthly decline in November, visits to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park now trail last year's first 11 months by 6.4%.
Figures released Monday by the National Park Service showed there were 2.5% fewer visitors to the Smokies last month than in November 2010.
For the year to date, the park counted 8,537,228 visitors through November. That compares with 9,121,026 at the same time last year.
Park officials said there were no obvious reasons for the decline, such as poor weather conditions or major highway construction.
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