Parks Picks Up Big Boost In Visitor Numbers

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park had a two percent gain in visitors last year.

The park, which runs along the North Carolina-Tennessee border, welcomed 9.4 million visitors in 2006. That's the park's biggest increase in five years.

Park officials said mild winter weather last year helped boost

They added that despite high gas prices, the park remained busy
because it's a short drive from a large population base.

There was an eleven percent increase in visitors in March and a
15 percent gain in November.

The Smokies are the most-visited national park in the country.