ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Lynchburg News and Advance reports a campground, picnic area and visitor center near milepost 60 on the Blue Ridge Parkway will close this year due to budget cuts.
The newspaper says the Otter Creek Campground at milepost 60 in Amherst County and the James River Picnic Area and James River Visitor Center located at milepost 63 are closed, the parkway announced Thursday in its 2013 season opening schedule.
To view the complete report in the Lynchburg News and Advance, click here.
There will be other closings as well.
A Blue Ridge Parkway news release says because of the 5 percent budget reduction that is in place as a result of the current federally mandated sequestration, the parkway is unable to hire its full complement of seasonal employees. Park visitors will notice some facility closures and reduced hours and services in some areas.
The current opening schedule for those facilities that will open this year, calls for these areas to be fully operational by May 24.
The parkway news release says, “We regret that reductions to our usual visitor service may cause some inconvenience for park visitors and will keep the public informed if the situation changes. As a unit of the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Parkway remains committed to its mission to serve the public and preserve our nation’s resources for future generations.”
To view a list of facilities and when or if they will open, click here.
To view an Asheville Citizen-Times story talking about how the sequestration will impact western North Carolina, click here.