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Limited services at national parks during government shutdown

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GATLINBURG, TN (WBIR/ NBC Newschannel) -The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was temporarily closed to the public as staff did not report to work due to the government shutdown.

Saturday morning, roads were closed throughout the national park that runs along the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina.

Park rangers opened the gates around noon to the road and trails that wind along the mountain range. However, signs were posted at information stands throughout the park notifying visitors that important services would not be available due to the government shutdown. Park rangers warned guests to hike through trails at their own risk, as bathroom access and emergency response services would not be available.

Despite the limited resources, the park was filled with guests over the weekend. who were willing to take the risk and use portable bathrooms.

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