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Blue Ridge Parkway services reopen

Blue Ridge Parkway facilities, campgrounds and other public services are once again open and available to visitors. The serves were closed Oct. 1 as a result of the government shutdown and federal budget impasse.

“We are excited and happy to be back at work and welcoming visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway,” said Superintendent Mark Woods. “October is historically the most visited month on the Parkway and we’re pleased we can end our season on a high note, providing the high quality visitor experiences that people love about the Parkway.”

The Parkway, a unit of the National Park Service, is an “economic engine” for Virginia and North Carolina, through which it passes. Parkway leaders acknowledge that the economic impact of closing the Parkway during this period has been extremely tough on gateway communities, local businesses, neighbors, and park partners.