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Blue Ridge Parkway to remain open, facilities will close during shutdown

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The Blue Ridge Parkway will remain open as a result of the government shutdown, however facilities and attractions along the 469-mile scene parkway could close as early as Tuesday morning.

The National Park Service had ordered the closing of the road if Congress could not reach a resolution by 12:01 a.m., however park officials decided on Monday to keep the road open.

Visitor centers are also expected to close on 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,” visitor Bob Patrick told WSOC.

For the latest updates on the status of the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit blueridgeparkwaydaily.com.