FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- Campgrounds, visitor centers, river access sites and trails in the New River Gorge National River have reopened following the end of the partial federal government shutdown.
All but nine of the 100 full-time and seasonal employees of the 70,000-acre preserve were furloughed on Oct. 1. The New River Gorge staff also manages the nearby Gauley River National Recreation Area and the Bluestone National Scenic River.
"We are all very happy to be back to work and welcoming visitors to New River Gorge National River," said park Superintendent Trish Kicklighter. "I would like to especially thank our nine employees who worked during the furlough period. They all did an exceptional job."
October is the second-busiest month of the year at New River Gorge National River, due mainly to Bridge Day, which takes place Saturday, and fall foliage viewing.
Park updates will be posted on the New River Gorge National River's website at www.nps.gov/neri, and on the park's Facebook and Twitter pages.