Big South Fork welcomes tourist back

ONEIDA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Big South Fork National Recreation Area says they're ready to welcome back tourists who want to visit the area.

Big South Fork is open after the federal shutdown. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

The popular tourist attraction for Scott County helps to generate more than $26 million in economic benefit for the area. A park spokesperson says people are back in the park, but they're hoping more will come.

"When you open up the park and coming into a weekend people came right back," said David Carney. The people that had reservations for the week showed up and the people that didn't just came out."

Nearly 2 weeks of tourist activity was lost during the federal shutdown. Now officials with Big South Fork are reminding people there's still plenty of color to see here during the peak of the season.

"You know we came back and the humidity was gone, The insects are gone, you can go out and do a nice hike without worrying about working up too much of a sweat," said Carney.

The survey also showed that spending around the area supported 388 local jobs.

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