Businesses Near Smoky Mountains Adjusting to Closure

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SEVIER, Tenn. (AP) -- Businesses around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are making the adjustment to not having public access to the main attraction that brings people to the area.

Local officials have been telling prospective visitors there's still plenty to do and still lots of places to view fall displays even while the park is closed during a partial government shutdown.

October is one of the busiest times of year for the park and for many of its satellite businesses, as enjoy the fall colors as the leaves start to turn and families work in a mountain vacation during fall school breaks.

Gatlinburg Cabins Online manager Stephanie Hurst told The Mountain Press that cancellations have been few, but people are asking about other things to do in the area.

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