Details on Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park closure
The federal shutdown has closed all 401 national parks across the country, including the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Park officials state in a news release that all visitor facilities will be closed, including:
- Visitor centers
- Point Park
- park grounds
- park secondary roads
- park picnic areas
The only roads that will remain open are Lafayette Road, Reed's Bridge Road, and McFarland Gap Road thru ways.
All park programs and special events have been canceled, and the park grounds cannot be used for walking, running, hiking, climbing, bicycling, or for educational purposes.
Officials estimate the park will lose $800 dollars of entrance fees each day of the shutdown and an estimated $44,000 in sales through the park bookstores operated by Eastern National in the month of October.
The National Park Service could to lose approximately $450,000 per day from entrance and activity fees.
Communities across the country see about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending that is lost during a government shutdown. Visitors spend about $54,000,000 a year in communities surrounding national parks.
The park will remain closed until the government reopens.