Gov't shutdown would mean closing of Blue Ridge Parkway campgrounds

by: Dave Faherty Updated:

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NORTH CAROLINA - As lawmakers on Capitol Hill work against the clock to avoid a government shutdown, rangers at national parks across the country are preparing to lock up if they don't meet the midnight deadline.

Channel 9 found out visitors will still be able to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it will be closed to campers if a shutdown happens.

Park Rangers said the road will remain open, but campgrounds and visitor centers could start closing as early as Tuesday.

Each year the Blue Ridge Parkway attracts nearly two million people during October for the fall colors.

Some visitors who traveled to the parkway Monday found out this could be the last night of camping.

“This is a great time of year, the leaves are starting to change and weather is beautiful and I guess the little guy like myself doesn’t think about the shenanigans in Washington until something like this happens,” said visitor Bob Patrick.

Rangers said a government shutdown could force a lot of people to change their plans.

Many of the campgrounds are booked for the upcoming weekend because of the leaf season.

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