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Southern West Virginia parks accessible but services limited amid federal shutdown

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Charleston Gazette-Mail

A view of New River Gorge from the Grandview Canyon Rim Trail.
(Gazette-Mail file photo)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Three national parks in Southern West Virginia will remain open — but will offer limited services — during the federal government shutdown.

New River Gorge National River, Gauley River National Recreation Area and Bluestone National Scenic River “will remain as accessible as possible,” according to a news release from the National Park Service.

All park roads, trails, river access points and campgrounds in these areas will still be accessible to visitors, weather permitting.

However, the Park Service cautions emergency and rescue services will be limited.

During the federal shutdown, the Park Service will not offer any visitor services at these parks — including visitor centers, administrative offices, restrooms, trash collections, and facillity and road maintenance. In the event of snowfall during the shutdown, the roads will not be plowed, the release said.

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