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Shutdown Impact On Maggie Valley
The government shutdown comes at a bad time for Maggie Valley. The Haywood County town nestles up against both the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Both are closed by the impasse.
Some motel owners say they're seeing people cancel their reservations because of the closure. They say they're worried since October traditionally brings in the most revenue.
But at least one souvenir shop says it has not seen any drop in business as a result of the closure. Maggie Mountaineer Crafts says the start of October is as busy as ever.
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority says with the Park and Parkway both closed, although visitors can still drive along the Blue Ridge and across US-441 through the Smokies from Cherokee and Gatlinburg, it's emphasizing local options and compiling a list of things like hiking trails that can still be accessed in Haywood County.
And although campsites inside the National Parks and Forests are closed, the privately-run Moonshine Creek Campground near the Blue Ridge Parkway is open and seeing an increase in business.
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By Rex Hodge
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