Shenandoah National Park Reopens

After being closed for 16 days, Shenandoah National Park will reopen Thursday.

The Visitor Centers opened at 9 a.m. and lodges and restaurants will be fully operational by Thursday night, according to the Park's Twitter page.

There are still closed signs that need to be retrieved, according to the Park's Facebook page, but it is open.

The park is opening up at a crucial time, October.

It's often the busiest month of the year for the park, but it was almost wiped away because of the shutdown.

Sarah Mink is one of the park rangers back at work today after being furloughed because of the shutdown.

Park visitors were happy to be able to travel Skyline Drive, now that it's open again.

"We've been staying nearby all week and we've been waiting for the shutdown to be over, so I called first thing this morning and asked if they were open. And here we are!" said Shirley Barker, who is visiting from Maryland.

"I used to normally come camping at least once or twice during the season, but since its been closed I've had to come to state parks so I haven't been able to enjoy this," said Kelsey Boyd, visiting from Virginia. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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