That number is a slight increase of 0.2% over the year before, according to park officials. There were 11,312,786 visitors in 2016, according to 10 News.
Park officials said the park saw the highest visitation in July, which was followed by October and June. Park officials credited the record to its largest special event in park history: The total solar eclipse that occurred at the end of August.
“Over 15,600 people attended eclipse events offered at Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, and Sugarlands Visitor Center,” said a press release.
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