How government shutdown will affect Great Smokies park

How government shutdown will affect Great Smokies park

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GATLINBURG (WATE) - If the federal government shuts down, nearly the entire Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be closed beginning Saturday.

All park facilities would be closed including visitor centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, concession operations, restrooms.

All roads would also be closed except for Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) between Gatlinburg and Cherokee.

Newfound Gap Road would remain open to through traffic only. No stopping or parking along the road or at trailheads and overlooks would be permitted.

All restroom facilities would be closed including those at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, North Carolina and Newfound Gap.

Clingmans Dome Road, which is accessed off Newfound Gap Road, would be closed.

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