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Gatlinburg: Despite closing for more than a month because of COVID-19, Great Smoky Mountains National Park had its second-busiest year on record last year, with 12,095,720 total visits, according to a news release. But the surge in use has brought problems with traffic, overflowin­g parking lots, crowded bathrooms, damage and litter. Over the past year, park managers have worked with local communitie­s and visitors to try to solve the challenges. Through virtual workshops and online comments, the park collected more than 2,000 ideas now being used to develop a pilot project that will address congestion in 2021.

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PROVIDED Volunteers track growth at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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