By Associated Press - Monday, October 26, 2015

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A national park ranger say this month’s especially vibrant fall leaves in the Smoky Mountains have helped bring in more visitors than the park has seen in 15 years.

National Park Service Park Ranger George Luther tells WBIR-TV ( that Great Smoky Mountains National Park likely has seen a 5.5 percent increase in visitors to the park, compared to last year, because of this year’s fall foliage, which he calls “quite spectacular.”

Last year, the park saw the highest numbers since the year 2000. Nearly 10.1 million people visited the park in 2014.

Luther warned drivers to be especially cautious on the road in order to not run into people who may have unexpectedly stopped.

Luther said the peak season should last about 10 more days.


Information from: WBIR-TV,

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