Information from WYSH Radio
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officially reopened on Thursday, Oct. 17, under federal funding.
The park had been closed for the first two weeks of October during the peak fall tourist season due to a lapse in Congressional appropriations.
The park and its facilities had originally reopened to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 16, due to the donation of funds from the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, who worked in partnership with Blount and Sevier counties. Their funding would have allowed the park to stay open for five days. [Read more…]