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Shenandoah National Park is getting back to normal

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Lodging in Shenandoah National Park reopened Friday after superstorm Sandy completely shut down the tourist destination.

SNP public affairs officer Karen Beck-Herzog said earlier this week that the park's back country would re-open Thursday morning, while Skyline Drive would stay shut because of the heavy snow dumped on the park during this week's massive storm.

And while Skyland Resort, Big Meadows Lodge and Lewis Mountain Cabins did open back up on Friday, visitors are asked to enter the park through either the Thornton Gap U.S. 211 entrance or Swift Run Gap U.S. 33 gate, according to a news release from the park. That's because snow is being cleared from the north and south entrances.

However, SNP expects all of the entrances to be open again by Saturday, according to the release.

The release states no one was injured and nothing was damaged at the park.

Skyland Resort's 2 1/2-hour horseback rides are canceled for the rest of the year, but the 1-hour rides might be opened back up, according to the release.

Wayne Soard, district manager for ARAMARK Shenandoah National Park Lodging, stated in a news release that, "We were prepared for the worst here in Shenandoah, and are very relieved that aside from an early snow that turned Shenandoah into a beautiful winter wonderland, the park emerged virtually unscathed. Our hearts go out to those who were impacted by this tragic storm."


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