Northern section of Blue Ridge Parkway shuts down to support coronavirus spread prevention

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WFXR) – The National Park Service announced Wednesday the closure of the northernmost section of the Blue Ridge Parkway from milepost 0 to 13, from Afton to just north of the Augusta County line.

The closure results from a continuing effort to support restrictions currently in place to promote social distancing in hopes to halt the further spread of the novel coronavirus which is also in coordination of closures currently in place at Shenandoah National Park.

Outdoor spaces along the Parkway will remain accessible to the public; however, all facilities including restrooms, visitors centers, campgrounds and picnic areas will remain closed.

Hiking trails in the area will remain open as long as roads leading to such trails remain open as well. If access roads become closed, the trails leading to and from those access roads will also shut down.

The closure of this section of the Parkway will continue until further notice.

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