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State run parks busy this weekend

By Callan Gray, cgray@wcyb.com
Published On: Oct 05 2013 05:45:09 PM CDT
State parks busy this weekend

The government shut down continues and the National Parks remain closed but Tennessee and Virginia residents can still get outdoors.

The state parks are still open.

The campground at Warrior's Path State Park in Kingsport, Tenn. is completely filled this weekend.

"It gets crowded when all the federal parks are closed," said Bobby Blowers, of Gray, Tenn. "There's no where else to go."

Blowers and his family planned on camping at Horse Creek in the Cherokee National Forest this week.

"We got to Horse Creek and we were told they were shutting that part down and we said we'll check Rock Creek and they said after they left Horse Creek they were going up to Rock Creek to shut it down," said Blowers.

On Tuesday they headed to Warrior's Path and barely got a reservation.

"We're lucky we started out so early otherwise we wouldn't have gotten in," Blowers told us.

They are camping at the park until Monday.

The office worker at Warrior's Path told us many people called to see if the park is still open.

A ranger at the park told us this weekend was busier than usual and he thinks it's because the National Parks are closed.

We called Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Va. and got a similar story.

Their phones had also been ringing all day Saturday as campers tried to take advantage of what was left of the nice weather.

"It's like the last camp of the summer before it gets too cold and you can't," Blowers said.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation told us park schedules will remain normal during the government shutdown.