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Smokies, Shenandoah Reopen as Government Shutdown Ends

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Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks—key waypoints on the Appalachian Trail—fully reopened Saturday, Jan. 26, as the partial federal government shutdown ended.
Great Smoky Mountains park visitor centers are now accessible seven days a week and reservation services for the frontcountry and backcountry are fully operational, according to the Smokies Facebook page. Backcountry permits are required for AT thru-hikers traversing the Smokies.
Some basic services continued to be available in the Smokies during the shutdown through a combination of donated money and revenue generated by recreation fees. ...

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