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Thousands Flock To National Park First Weekend After Shutdown Ends

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Posted: October 21, 2013

Jay Rathod, his wife, Janki Patel, and her mother, Padma Patel, all of New Jersey, walk along the rockwall at an overlook at Shenandoah National Park on Sunday. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Visitors check in at the Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center at Shenandoah National Park on Sunday. The park was packed during the first weekend since the 16-day government shutdown ended, with the fall colors drawing many of the thousands of people who visited over the weekend.

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK — Skyline Drive was anything but quiet Sunday as visitors poured into Shenandoah National Park to see the beautiful fall foliage that had been behind locked gates for…

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