A lot of people visiting our area recently have been wondering if they can still visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park in light of the government shutdown, which has been dragging on for over a month now.
This is the time of year when visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park sharply rises. School's out for the summer, and most folks plan their family vacations for this window of time. And people aren't the only creatures active in the national park. Bears are up from their winter slumbers and are living their lives within that same territory.
Strange things are going on outside this week. That big yellow ball in the sky is shining once again, sharing its light and warmth with all us sun-starved creatures here on earth. So this week has the makings of great hiking weather. Whether you're making your first visit to the Great Smoky Mountains or you've been coming here your whole life, we hope you can find some time to get outside and hit the trail in the national park.