New River Gorge National River, Gauley River National Recreation Area and the Bluestone National Scenic River reopened to visitors Thursday.
Visitors can access all public areas and facilities including visitor centers, restrooms, river accesses and campgrounds. The three parks were closed Oct. 1 due to the lapse in congressional appropriations.
October is the second busiest month for visitors to the area, particularly with Bridge Day events taking place on Saturday. Canyon Rim Visitor Center will be open to the public during the event, and visitors can enjoy another view of the bridge from the overlook. Employees are happy to be back at work to welcome visitors to the Gorge and continue the park's fall education programs in the local schools.
Updates will be posted to the park's website at www.nps.gov/neri. You can also find updates on the park's Facebook page at http://www.facebook .com/newrivergorgenps and the park's Twitter page at https://twitter.com /NewRiverNPS.