Government Shutdown Closes Little River Canyon National Preserve, Hurting Tourism
FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT)–Because of the U.S. government shutdown, national parks across the country are also closed. That includes Little River Canyon National Preserve.
“Well actually that means no,” says John Dersham with DeKalb County Tourism. “There are barricades. There is at least one police officer working for the National Park Service that will chase you away if you go.”
Dersham says the closure is also chasing away tourism dollars. October is the third busiest month of the year for people to visit the county.
He says there is an event called Rendezvous at the Rim scheduled for this weekend, which also includes a half marathon. He says at least part of the event will have to be canceled.
“The half marathon I think has 150 people signed up. And the rendezvous at the rim, we were expecting crowds from all over the three or four county area to come to that so hopefully a thousand or more.”
Dersham says they are hoping to still be able to have the marathon because it will take place on county and state roads. He also wants people who are looking for fall colors to know there are still plenty of places in DeKalb County open for business.
“Desoto State Park, High Falls park, Bucks Pocket State Park, they are all open. And it’s a beautiful time of the year.”