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Three NPS managed parks remain open during government shutdown, but with limited access

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FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

The aftermath of the federal government shutdown is just now beginning to trickle down into every day life, as people are starting to feel its effects.

At one park in Fayette Co., visitors were greeted with confusion followed by disappointment at the Canyon Rim visitor's center at the New River Gorge Bridge, Sunday, when they discovered some of the park's features were closed.

The National Park Service is just one of several departments affected by the federal government shutdown and until congress and the president can agree on a budget, services offered by the N.P.S. will be limited.

The N.P.S. manages three state parks in West Virginia, including the New River Gorge National River in Fayette Co. People will still be able to come and visit the parks, but those wanting to check out the visitor's center, will be welcomed by a locked door.

"I saw the boardwalk and that was closed, the visitors center was closed, that was disappointing,” Suzanne Pine of St. Albans said.

With out-of-town travelers making up the bulk of visitors to the New River Gorge, some worry about what a long-term shutdown could do to the local economy.

"It could affect it a whole lot because people come from a long way just to see this," Emileigh Bell said.

A representative of the National Park Service tells WVVA News all of its parks will remain as "accessible as possible" to the public. But in addition to closing all visitor's centers, the N.P.S. will not be permitted to offer restrooms, trash collection or snow removal at any of the three parks it manages in southern West Virginia.

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