Three National Parks of Southern West Virgina Accessible During Governement Shutdown

GLEN JEAN, WV – During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. In southern West Virginia, the National Park Service manages New River Gorge National River, Gauley River National Recreation Area, and Bluestone National Scenic River. In these locations, park roads, trails, river access points, and campgrounds will remain accessible to visitors, weather permitting. Emergency and rescue services will be limited.

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services in any of the three national parks of southern West Virginia, including visitor centers or administrative offices, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance, including snow plowing. Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled, including guided activities and ranger programs in local schools. Previously scheduled “Get Active in the Park” programs may be moved to alternate locations, follow “Get Active in the Park” on social media for updated information.

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