Smokies brace for possible automatic spending cuts

Campground and hiking trail closures and fewer interpretive programs are some of the impacts officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are preparing for.

The cuts would stem from a round of automatic federal spending cuts which would trigger March 1, unless Congress acts to hold them off.

National Parks, including the Smokies, could see 5 percent spending cuts leading to reduced hours and less services.

Congress is currently trying to agree on a spending plan that would stop the automatic cuts.