Pigeon Forge, TN (PRWEB) October 17, 2013
On Thursday, October 17, Visit My Smokies announced the reopening of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The national park opened on Wednesday, October 16 with funding from the state. The park will now remain open through January 15, as the United States government has authorized current spending levels through that date. Visitors have been anxiously awaiting the news of reopening, which will allow families to access all of the great areas of the Smokies.
“We are thrilled about the reopening of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said a spokesperson for Visit My Smokies. “We are especially excited that families will be able to make memories while hiking and exploring the beautiful Smoky Mountains!”
All areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be open to visitors, including roadways, hiking trails and picnic areas. Families will be able to take a relaxing hike, drive on one of the national park’s auto tour roads or view the Smokies from its highest point at the Clingmans Dome observation tower.
Many vacationers make plans to stop by one of the national park visitor centers during their trip to the Smokies. Sugarlands, Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove visitor centers are each open to the public. In addition, the information centers outside the national park, in Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Townsend, will remain open.
The scenic Smoky Mountains are a family vacation destination, especially during the month of October, as it is peak time for fall colors. Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove are two of the most popular places to take panoramic photographs of the fall display, but families will be able to see the bright reds and yellows from any point in the national park.
Throughout the coming weeks, many visitors are expected to make their way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Vacationers should plan for extra time to experience the mountains and expect busy roadways during their trip.
Established in 2009, Visit My Smokies is the premier Great Smoky Mountain destination lodging website. The program is owned by Sevier County, Tenn., and developed to build revenue, through the promotion of travel and tourism, in relation to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area lodging, attractions, dining and shopping. Visit My Smokies is operated by the Sevier County Economic Development Council. All offices are located at: 125 Court Ave., Suite 102 E, Sevierville, TN 37862.