(WBIR-Townsend) If the government shutdown would happen Tuesday, impact on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would most likely not be contained to just the park confines.

"If you get into the middle or the end of October -- first week of November, I think we would take a pretty big hit," said Sherry Holmes, owner of the Dogwood Mall shop, located near the mouth of the Smokies, in Townsend.

"There's a lot more to see and do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. When in Gatlinburg, you're in a small community -- small craft stores," Holmes added.

Several stores along the quiet side of the Smokies said they'll feel the impact of the closure almost immediate -- all because of timing.

October is normally the second most busiest time of the year for the park.

"That's kind of where I've been with it, since I've heard about it. I was like 'well we heard this before -- maybe it'll blow over again,'" said Corrie Brigg, a manager of the Little River Ice Cream Shop.

There was a similar threat of a government shutdown more than two years ago, but did not create a ripple effect to Townsend.

This time, however, could be different.

"We'll have to find out," Brigg added.

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