Tourism strong at Mammoth Spring State Park despite pandemic

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Photo/Renee Janes Visitors enjoy beauty of Mammoth Spring State Park.

If you have stopped by Mammoth Spring State Park lately, especially on the weekend, you may notice the numerous vehicles and visitors at the local attraction. Despite all taking place in the world, many take the time to travel to and appreciate the beauty of the area park.

“Last year, the numbers at the park were a little skewed because the welcome center was closed down for the remodel for part of the months,” said Mammoth Spring State Park Assistant Superintendent Adam Davis.

This year’s sales for the month of July at Mammoth Spring State Park Welcome Center’s gift shop were the second highest month ever. The gift shop features many items that make great gifts.

There have been visitors from various different states including New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and Iowa just to name a few.

Numbers for the park in March and April were low with approximately one-fourth to one-third of the usual visitation.

“Before that in January and February even, our numbers were up. Then all the COVID stuff hit and our numbers were way down for a couple of months and then have rebounded. We went from 5,000 visitors in April to 24,900 in May,” said Davis.

Park numbers for July 2019 and July 2020 are close with a total of 34,685 visitors in 2019 and 34,569 visitors for July 2020.

“We have pretty much rebounded and we are back to the same visitation we were last year. August has been really strong so far too. I am expecting our August numbers to be really strong as well,” said Davis, stating August’s visitation is usually stronger than July’s.

The visitation for August 2019 was 49,000. August 2020 numbers will not be available until September.

Even though the usual events to be held at the park were canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic, it hasn’t negatively impacted visitation. However, visitation would probably have been higher if events were held.

Davis stated the July visitation does not count the Old Soldier’s reunion that is held every year, which brings in thousands of people. Last year’s park total for July definitely would have been surpassed if the event had been held. However, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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