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We were planning on one day of hiking in Shenandoah later this week, but with the government shut down might need an alternative.  Any great state parks nearby we could visit instead?  We still plan on visiting Luray Caverns.  Thanks!
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You might be okay still going there.  All of the facilities are shut down, but I don't see why you still can't go for a day hike, depending on where you are going. Certain parking areas may be gated off - not sure how strict they are enforcing that.

You might consider heading over to George Washington National Forest. Website says that the forest services are shut down, but doesn't mention that you still can't visit.  Plenty of great trails there.  Here's a short, but good one: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/BigSchloss/

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Skyline Drive is probably gated. You'd have to find a hike with outside the park access.

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Thanks for the responses.  As it turns out, we cancelled our trip. The reason we were going was for my husband to run the Grindstone 100.  The race takes place in George Washington National Forest and requires a permit, which means the race was postponed/cancelled.  We're keeping our fingers crossed for next weekend, although it doesn't look good. We haven't hiked in Virginia and are disappointed we didn't get to this year - maybe next year!
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There's plenty of hiking in GWNF and you don't have to pay to get in. Check out my website.

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The main reason for our trip was my husband's race, which was cancelled. We didn't want to pull our daughter from school if we weren't going to the race. Eventually we'll hike down there.  :)
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Go to Pennsylvania. Lots of great hiking in the state forests there. I just took advantage of the shutdown to go backpack a couple days on the Allegheny Front Trail.
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Skyline Drive is probably gated. You'd have to find a hike with outside the park access.

I grew up over that way and it's been years but is Skyline Drive even gated?
Or am I thinking of the Blue Ridge Parkway being ungated?


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I grew up over that way and it's been years but is Skyline Drive even gated?
Or am I thinking of the Blue Ridge Parkway being ungated?

The NPS has toll booths at both ends of Skyline, so yea, the road is easy to close

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I grew up over that way and it's been years but is Skyline Drive even gated?
Or am I thinking of the Blue Ridge Parkway being ungated?

The NPS has toll booths at both ends of Skyline, so yea, the road is easy to close

The Blue Ridge Pkwy is just as nice and an open road. IIRC, it runs from the south end of Shenandoah to the north end of GSMNP.

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I grew up over that way and it's been years but is Skyline Drive even gated?
Or am I thinking of the Blue Ridge Parkway being ungated?

The NPS has toll booths at both ends of Skyline, so yea, the road is easy to close

The Blue Ridge Pkwy is just as nice and an open road. IIRC, it runs from the south end of Shenandoah to the north end of GSMNP.

BRP has a gate too. Usually only used for icy road conditions.

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