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The end of the government shutdown couldn't come soon enough for the communities along the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park as the park welcomes visitors during the peak of the fall foliage.
Closed national parks and monuments are one of the most visible signs of the government shutdown. They've also been the subject of many protests.
The closure of national parks, including Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, has led to more than 300 temporary layoffs in the state, according to the Virginia Workforce Network and the company that runs several hotels in the park.
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Access to Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park will be restricted to the public during a planned burn by the park's fire managers.
The body of a missing hiker was found Friday in the Dickey Ridge area of Shenandoah National Park, officials say.
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