WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon September 30, 2013
Shutdown Would Close Mammoth Cave National Park
In the event of a government shutdown, national parks across the country would shut down. This includes Mammoth Cave National Park. Vickie Carson at Mammoth Cave says everyone at the park, with the exception of security staff, would be furloughed.
“We would close all park facilities like the visitor center and the offices and picnic area,” said Carson. “We would initiate closure of park trails and roads, but some roads that are considered ‘through roads’ would remain open.”
If lawmakers can’t work out a deal to avert a shutdown, Carson says Mammoth Cave will wait for official word from the National Park Service before beginning the process of shutting down the park. Campers and those staying at hotel at Mammoth Cave would be given 48 hours to leave.