DADE COUNTY, GA, (WDEF)-While federal parks were shutdown Cloudland was flooded with visitors and they are still coming in.
"Camping has been full even in our back country, our walking, our trailer sites, everything is full, our cottages"
Federal employees even took vacation time and camped at Cloudland
in recent weeks.
Park officials say they are still receiving phone calls regarding the government shutdown even though they were never even affected, they say their economic impact cannot be underestimated to the local area"
Bobby Wilson, State Park Manager,"our projections for this year for Cloudland Canyon State Park, we will net over a million dollars for the state of Georgia"
Volunteer Harry Abell says the extra traffic is welcomed.
"A number of businesses on the mountain, food establishments etc, all of them benefit when people come to visit the Canyon, they might buy gas, they might buy some snacks"
Abell says the parks always need more volunteers especially with the rise in visitors.
Park Manager Bobby Wilson says the phone just wont stop hopping.
"Hundreds of phone calls, people wanting to make sure we're open, that their reservations are still in place, we fielded those calls and assured folks that yes we are doing a very brisk business"
With some of the busiest weeks in it's history behind it, the park is now preparing to host a 60 vendor arts and crafts
expo the first weekend of November.