Several national parks in North Carolina are closed amid a government shutdown.
The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North Carolina are among the state's notable attractions affected by the federal government's inability to reach an agreement on budget negotiations.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the Blue Ridge Parkway's road will remain open though its visitor center, headquarters, picnic areas and anywhere people are not staying overnight will close. If you are in a campground or at the lodge at Mount Pisgah, you might be told you have 48 hours to leave. No new overnight visitors will be allowed.
The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro is on the list of closed parks, too.
Here is a full list of national parks in North Carolina:
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
- Cape Hatteras National Seashore
- Cape Lookout National Seashore
- Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
- Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
- Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
- Moores Creek National Battlefield
- Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
- Wright Brothers National Memorial
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