LURAY, Va.--- Some businesses in Luray have already noticed the impact of the government shutdown in just one week.
Appalachian Outdoor Adventures owner Linda Drum said she has seen a 25 percent drop in customers since the Shenandoah National Park closed its doors.
"I have seen a decrease no doubt," said Drum.
She said October is usually a busy month for her business.
"Everyone comes out to see the fall foliage and hike and get out in the mountains and enjoy the crisp fall weather," said Drum.
She said this time of the year is also important for their bottom line.
"[This is] one of the busiest months of the year and we rely on it heavily before we get into our slowest time of the year," said Drum.
Drum hopes the park opens soon. Meanwhile, another business owner is trying to give tourists other options.
Elizabeth Butler who owns Gathering Grounds restaurant put together a list of places people can visit.
"People come into the area, they will have no clue what we have to offer," said Butler. "They drive through town and they see what's on the main strip but they don't realize what is in a seven mile range."
Butler said her business is up 15 percent compared to this time of the year in 2012. However, she knows many are not having the same luck.
"The rangers will probably recoup their income but the waitresses, the people at Big Meadows, the people at Skyline are not going to recoup their tips and their income so it's really hurting them as well," said Butler.
Drum said she hopes her business is busy again.
"We need our parks to be open, it is a big draw to our area," said Drum.
Staff at some Luray hotels said that some people have cancelled their reservations because the park is closed.
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