Park Closes As Government Shuts Down

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

ELKTON,Va. (WHSV) -- Shenandoah National Park being closed could impact local businesses and the economy.

The park has cones alerting drivers and visitors that both the park and Skyline Drive are closed.

Some drivers didn't know the park was closed when they drove up Tuesday morning and had to turn around.

October is one of the busiest months of the year at the park and while the fall foliage isn't at its peak yet it's still draws people to the area.

Some of those people stay at the Stonewall Jackson Inn in Harrisonburg.

Wayne Engel, who owns the Stonewall Jackson Inn, has some Europeans staying at the Inn and some of them visited the park during their stay.

He said the park is important to the area.

"Harrisonburg is really the gateway to the outdoors here in the Valley, so the impact here will be significant, especially for the tourist industry." said Engel.

Engel said every weekend is booked right now at the Inn for the month of October. If visitors, can't visit the Shenandoah National Park, he'll tell them about other places to visit in the Valley. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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