With the three-day Columbus Day holiday weekend just ahead, many families will have to change their plans to visit the Skyline Drive or any of the visitor attractions on the Parkway.
Although the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway remains open, the Skyline Drive and all visitor centers are closed due to the government shutdown.
Private properties, including the Peaks of Otter Lodge in Bedford, are also impacted by the shutdown. The Peaks of Otter recently reopened under new management.
Also closed are all historic sites, hotels, restaurants, picnic areas and restrooms under the management of the National Park Service.
Campsites and other attractions on the Parkway are closed. Portions of the Appalachian Trail are also closed due to the shutdown, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Although some portions of the Appalachian Trail remain open, sections contained within national parks are closed. That includes Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Officially, all national forests are also closed; however, ranger patrols are currently only keeping hikers from sections of the Appalachian Trail located in national parks and on some other federal lands.
The Blue Ridge Parkway hosts an average of 70,000 visitors each day during the month of October. With no end in sight to the government shutdown, outdoor lovers across the country will have to change their plans.