|Cold Mountain, NC, from the Blue Ridge Parkway|
The famed Blue Ridge Parkway is OPEN for those who would like to take the scenic drive to see the fall leaf change. All facilities along the parkway, however, are closed due to the government shutdown.
According to the National Park Service, all visitor centers, historic sites, hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, picnic areas and restrooms along the Parkway are CLOSED. There are numerous towns along the Blue Ridge Parkway, however, to make up for the loss of some of these facilities.
|Tunnel along the Parkway|
|Graveyard Fields Waterfalls are Closed to Visitors|
Security officers, however, remain on duty to keep people from trying to visit any of the historic sites or other facilities along the road.
The National Park Service website for the Blue Ridge Parkway also is shut down, but you can read more about the beautiful road at http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/blueridge1.html.