Monday, September 30, 2013

Government shutdown closes national parks; not state parks

If politicians can't put the wrangling aside, then the ensuing government shutdown will close all national parks not state parks. They will remain open.

Caryville, TN Fall 2010
The government shutdown comes at a time when lots of people are preparing to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fall foliage is beginning to show and it's usually a good time to come to the mountains.

Fall splendor can still be enjoyed at Tennessee State Parks. Cove Lake, Indian Mountain, Roan Mountain all spring instantly to mind. Other state parks would be Norris and Panther Creek. It's not a state park, but a white knuckle drive down the twisty roads of U.S. 129 puts mountain scenery all around you.

If you're thinking about heading to Tennessee to view the fall foliage, don't let the government shutdown stop you. There is still plenty to do, plenty to see and good times to be had.