Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Reopen Temporarily

6:43 AM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
File photo of Great Smoky Mountains, Courtesy Asheville Citizen-Times.
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The governors of Tennessee and North Carolina are working together to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for five days during the busy fall tourism season.

Like other national parks, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been closed because of the partial federal government shutdown.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that his state has sent more than $300,000 to the National Park Service to open the park, which straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said his state will contribute $75,000 to keep the park open Wednesday through Sunday.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the country's most visited national park with 9.6 million visitors in 2012.

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