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Best May ever for Smokies visits

Published On: Jun 19 2013 03:21:02 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 19 2013 04:45:41 PM CDT
GATLINBURG, Tenn. -

The mountains were a popular destination last month.  

The National Park Service said the Great Smoky Mountains National Park had nearly 886,000 visitors in May - the most ever in any May. The number was up by 10.5 percent, or more than 86,000 people, from May 2012.   

Year-to-date visitation is down by 5.5 percent from the five-year average, however. For the first five months of 2013, the park recorded just more than 2,506,000 visitors. That was 273,000 fewer than in the first five months of 2012.