Group launches 2 free apps for Smokies’ visitors

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Blount Partnership recently launched two free apps for visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

According to The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1fNPlyB), the driving tour mobile app provides a history of the Smokies’ most visited spot, Cades Cove, as well as GPS mapping, voice narration and historical photos to add to visitors’ experience as they explore the cove.

The hiking and biking app features trails in and around the national park, including the Cades Cove Loop and the Maryville-Alcoa Trails.

Tami Vater is director of tourism for the Blount Partnership. She says that while they still provide hundreds of thousands of copies of paper brochures and vacation guides to travelers, more and more people are asking about tools like apps.