Great Smoky Mountains National Park In North Carolina Was Just Named One Of The Most Dangerous Parks In The Country

The country’s most visited national park sees more than 12 million visitors each year – and it’s right here in North Carolina (and Tennessee). If you live in North Carolina, then you already know there is much to love and admire about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – and the rest of the country clearly agrees. The number two park, by the way sees only a little over a fourth of the visitors that flock to GSMNP. Number two is Yellowstone, which sees 3.8 million visitors per year. But being number one by such a huge margin puts our park at risk for a non-weighted statistic: annual deaths that occur within our national parks.

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Plan your day according to when fogs typically roll in and plan to be off the road during those times. Driving in heavy fog conditions is dangerous. Also keep an extraordinarily large distance behind the vehicle in front of you. These two things will increase your safety while visiting the park. For more driving safety tips while at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, see this link on the official website for the National Park Service.

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