The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will reopen for five days during the fall season with financial assistance from both Tennessee and North Carolina. The park, which sits on the border of the two states, will reopen Wednesday through Sunday.
Tennessee is giving $300,500 to open the park, while North Carolina is contributing $75,000.
Tennessee’s $300,500 share is officially being paid by Sevier County, home of heavily visited tourist attractions like Pigeon Forge, Dollywood and Gatlinburg, though 80 percent of that amount will come from the state in the form of a tourism grant. The rest will come from Sevier and Blount counties.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the country’s most visited national park with 9.6 million visitors in 2012.